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"The Third Man" (Version 1)

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The credits begin and we see a strange mass of strings being played as we listen to the mysterious sounds of the zither. The music hypnotizes us throughout the credits; it is light and airy, yet strangely dark and earthy at the same time ... whimsical, yet melancholy. It was director Carol Reed's decision to have Anton Karas write and play the score entirely on the zither after he heard him playing in the background of a small wine tavern in Vienna in 1948. To this day, I can't think of another film with a more original and unique score, especially when juxtaposed against the dark and heavy subject matter. And the music only begins to touch on what makes The Third Man such a masterpiece of cinema and a legend of film noir. I love it so much that one poster wasn't enough for me. So I did three. Version 1 here is the only one that includes the legendary ferris wheel. I needed one iconic silhouette, so I chose the Wiener Riesenrad. I created it to scale and with the correct number of beams and carts because that kind of authenticity and detail is imperative to me, out of respect for the film. If you have not watched The Third Man, drop everything and do it now; then come back and grab a poster or three!


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  • Museum-quality archival fine art print/giclée on acid-free paper.
  • Exclusive Limited Edition run in this size and variant.
  • Each Ltd. Ed. print is hand-signed and numbered by the artist in graphite.
  • Each Ltd. Ed. print includes a detailed Certificate of Authenticity, signed, dated, and numbered by the artist.
All Ltd. Ed. fine art prints are printed in Austin, TX, USA by Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions using archival Canon Lucia pigment inks on acid-free premium archival matte paper (230gsm/9.5mil). Finely crafted using a professional archival process, the result is a museum-quality art print that will last 100 years or more if properly cared for. All artwork is printed to individual order as art sells, no mass-printing, so please allow 2-3 days for this printing process to complete before your art is shipped. Dimensions listed for Ltd. Ed. prints include a white border for proper matting (usually 2 inches around). Please refer to the image included showing an example of how your print will look framed on a wall (frame not included; example image not necessarily to scale).
OPEN-EDITION MINI-PRINT ARTWORK DETAILS: Mini-Prints printed on high-quality cardstock and usually include a 1-inch border. Not numbered or signed.
Artwork © John Lathrop/Plaid Design. Characters/subject matter of source material © original owner(s)/creator(s). Not officially affiliated/licensed, but 100% protected under fair use and/or parody laws due to being original artwork of a transformative nature.