The Third Man

The Third Man

And, The Fallen Idol

Book - 1950
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"The Third Man is the story of a writer's attempts to clear the name of his dead friend, Harry Lime, a racketeer in the underworld of post-war Vienna. The text published in this volume has been set from Graham Green's original manuscript. Here, therefore, is The Third Man as first conceived in the author's mind and as set down in manuscript by him for the 'film treatment' on which the film was built. The Fallen Idol tells of a small boy left in a large house in Belgravia with his hero, the butler, and the butler's jealous, waspish wife."--
Publisher: London, Heinemann [1950]
ISBN: 9780434305469
Branch Call Number: Greene, G
Characteristics: 195 pages 19 cm
Uniform Title: Fallen idol


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TreyMendez Nov 22, 2011

Anyone interested in the craft of screenwriting will get a lot out of this novella version of The Third Man written before the script but published after the film's release.

Graham Greene felt the only way to truly tell the tale was to write it in prose first, then put it into the form of a screenplay, and so he wrote this novella as an outline of sorts, then later, decided to publish it with notes on changes he and Director Carol Reed made to the story to turn this into a shooting script.

Read this, then the script, then watch the movie (The script is available for library use only and the DVD of the film is in circulation) and you'll get an insider's view into the creation of a classic film.


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