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With a screen­play by Graham Greene, di­rected by the great, un­der­rated Carol Reed, and with a cast that in­cludes Or­son Welles, Joseph Cot­ten, Trevor Howard, and Al­ida Valli, this is one of the ab­so­lute clas­sics of film noir. It spins a sus­pense story of pure evil, and does it with style. The an­gu­lar black-and-white cin­e­matog­ra­phy by Robert Krasker is an ob­ject les­son in noir light­ing, with lamp­light glis­ten­ing off Vi­enna’s cob­ble­stoned streets, and huge, omi­nous shad­ows stretch­ing across build­ings. The mu­sic by An­ton Karas pro­vides one of the most mem­o­rable themes in film history. The act­ing is im­pec­ca­ble all around. Not rated. 104 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Jonathan Richard)

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