Friday, August 14, 2009

The Third Man #5/wrapped up


This wraps up the Third Man Series.  Circling back to the graveyard, as at the opening scene- Holly Martins waits, hoping Anna will stop. She seems to glide forward, almost resembling a nun in a wimple and habit. Although she no longer loves Harry, she has chosen loyalty to his memory as her compass point. Holly is free as a bird, although not enjoying it much. Strange, because here Anna moves forward although emotionally fixed in place, while Holly, shortly to leave the country, remains still. Well, I may provoke some controversy here, but I felt disappointed by The English Patient, which examined some of the same issues of loyalty and morality, because they were presented as serious fare, whereas this story is told so lightly (that zither music) that one is able to participate more in the story and I think come to one's own conclusions. 

Edit: The Dancer Upstairs also falls into this category of film. There are probably others?

18 comments:

mum said...

This is gorgeous, Susan - the angle, the mood, really well done.

Third Man vs English Patient - I'll take sides right away in the debate. I love Juliette Binoche as an actress but, filmwise, it's no contest. Visually, who can beat the following scene? Parts of it look like you're inside an Escher print:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He8kq34pQcc&feature=related

(not to mention the music, of course.)

cheers from Graulhet.

justdoodleit said...

Wonderful composition. Those postures clearly tell the story.

Jasmine said...

I love the perspective on these pictures. I'm sorry this is the last in the series, I feel I want more!

I never did see the English Patient but did do a trek through the Sahara a few years ago and did rolly polies down the sand dunes where the film was filmed. We did a train ride across the Atlas Mountains on the train that was used in the film too. It was a lovely train, reminded me of those trains with the wonderful private cubicles and hat rails you see in these classic old films.

Magic from another age ..

Totalfeckineejit said...

Great sense of scale and perspective here ArtSparker.Lovely drawing of the woman,perfect facial expression.Must confess at this point that I've never seen the film ( The third man) but I saw most of ,and liked, The English patient'There's so many things I haven't seen/read and time is ticking,ticking, ticking.....

ArtSparker said...

Mum- I adore Juliette Binoche. She always informs her performances with intelligence. And pairing her with Naveen Andrews - They were my favorite part of the film.

Jasmine - I love trains. So romantic.

Caio Fernandes said...

oh ... this sequence is so strong !!!
toutching and so realistic !!!

aleph said...

I´m going to miss "The Third Man"!, you´ve made a great series of posts and these last images are wonderful. The perspective, the scale, the images... everything!

ger said...

A masterpiece... - they´re all about the same size as the Alice you sent me I guess, but they look more than almost human...

Titus said...

Sorry to see this series end, but what a way to go.

notmassproduced said...

great takes!

bindu said...

Haven't seen this movie, so am just going by your illustrations - which are great!

ArtSnark said...

I always enjoy visiting your blog. you have such a unique style & touch of whimsy

3rd Man wins, hands down

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

You never stop amazing me!!! Wonderful composition and play!

Celeste Maia said...

What an interesting comparison between Third Man and The English Patient. I prefer English Patient without a doubt. I am a great fan of Ondaatje, of the musicality of his words, and of the people he writes about who were born in one place but live in another place. I identify with that. Interestingly, both movies are about the cahotic events after WWII, both heroines are called Anna (I think). The English Patient and The Third Man are about wearing and removing masks, taking the viewer into mental, emotional and spiritual depths. One a film noir, the other a visual luxury. Being a painter who likes color my prediletion is with The English Patient.

Rick said...

I'm more accustomed to a Casablanca / English Patient debate! Let me say this: The only important human issues are ones of loyalty and morality; plot is the movement through time; resolution is how things work out. How one interprets these determines one's own loyalty and morality.

Derrida would be proud of me...

Tomás Serrano said...

Perfect transposition of the famous sequence shot.

INDIGENE said...

Wonderful combination of realism and illustration!

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Although I saw it, I really can't remember anything about The English Patient except that I didn't like it. Every time I watch The Third Man, I like it more. The Dancer Upstairs is no Third Man, but I did like greatly enjoy it.