Monday, April 24, 2006


Actress Alida Valli Dies

Italian acress Alida Valli, whom I first got to know in the legendary film The Third Man, died on April 22.

If you haven't seen The Third Man with actors Orson Wells and Joseph Cotton, rush to see this fine 1949 b/w (won an Academy Award for its cinematography) film directed by Carol Reed. It is based on the script by the same title by British writer Graham Greene, though the script is more of a working manual--the characters are flat and not developed, but not so in the film. The zither music is almost a character itself in the film which takes place in post-war Vienna with its divided sectors: American, Russian, and German.

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