I'm a big fan of The Third Man, though I have to be honest with you. The first time I watched it was in the middle of the night and I was absolutely beat, but I wanted to check it out. I managed to stay awake throughout the movies' entirety and I'm sad to say... I wasn't impressed. I know, right? In fact it quickly slipped out of my memory. But I kept thinking about it and seeing listed here and there and hearing how great it was and so on. So I thought "I should give it another chance". So I did. And yikes, it's shocking how off a person's first impression can be. It has just some of the most beautiful shots, an incredible setting, engaging characters, sharp humor, and a fantastic final shot (Anna Schmidt strolling on by Holly Martins as the leaves fall to the ground).
So there's the lesson for you: next time you're sleepy just go to bed.
Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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