Article: In The Third Man, Orson Welles is Actually the Femme Fatale

Here is an interesting article by Stephanie Zacharek at the L.A. Weekly. Though the title catches your attention with an interesting theory, there is a lot of other great insight into one of the all time great films noir. The article talks about some of the other great actors who were considered for the two main parts and why they “settled” for Cotten and Welles.

Check out the full article here:

4 thoughts on “Article: In The Third Man, Orson Welles is Actually the Femme Fatale

  1. I don’t see the femme fatale theory at all. But I love this movie ( my favourite) and it’s an interesting article all around.


  2. I love the thesis, and only with the writer had earned it. Why isn’t Welles the “Homme fatale,” for example, a concept already developed and evidenced in several noir films, the seductive man who leads women astray. I can play with the argument, and I do find convincing the focus on the first shot of Welles, in shadow and objectified for the camera/viewer, a la the male gaze, smiling with dark coyness and rubbed against by a cat. A more fleshed-out article would’ve done more to prove its case to us, but again, I find the thesis fun and appreciate you sharing the link.


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