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"The Third Man" (Version 3)

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Version 3 of my poster for The Third Man was my first idea. Orson Welles is stellar as Harry Lime, and the way he is introduced in the film is among my favorites of any character entrance in cinema. Spoilers coming, friends, but if you haven't seen The Third Man, simply stop reading, watch it, and come back! Harry Lime was supposed to be dead. So the mystery begins when we find out he's very much alive, which we realize as his best friend Holly Martins (played to perfection by the underrated great Joseph Cotten) detects him hiding in the shadows. As he yells at him to come out and show his face, a woman opens a window and turns on a light, which becomes a spotlight - everything in the shot is dark, aside from Harry's brightly-lit face. He gives a coy smile and then the screen soon goes black as the woman turns off the light, and Harry vanishes as mysteriously as he appeared. Orson Welles called this a "star part," meaning one in which the character is not seen, but is talked about for much of the film leading up to his entrance. My goal for this poster was to capture this iconic moment - just Lime's face surrounded by blackness. The title typography also contains a simple hidden message that fans of the film will understand: Who is The Third Man? Why, it's HIM, of course.


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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).
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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.