A Zither Question about The Third Man

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  1. Dome Vongvises

    Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

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    This movie marks one of the few times where I had to have a movie after having watched it on tape. This remark is rather strange, of course, coming from probably the only HTF member that likes Armageddon.
    My question about The Third Man is in regards to the film score: it's often been quoted (eg. Roger Ebert or Leonard Maltin) that the zither score "fits perfectly" with this movie?
    HOW!?
    Don't get me wrong, I love the zither score. The problem is, it just seems too damn corny and happy-go-lucky. When I first watched the movie, I thought it was going to be a comedy of sorts, and that either the Marx brothers or Charlie Chaplin were going to bust onto the screen, and hilarious antics would ensue.
    For a movie with so much moral depravity and a dark atmosphere, the zither score seemed out of place.
     
  2. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    I think the score works because it contrasts with the action on screen. Gives it kind of a surreal, off-kilter feel. I don't know, that's the best way I can explain it. [​IMG]
     
  3. Dome Vongvises

    Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

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    Steve Gon, why am I not surprised you were the first respondent [​IMG]
     
  4. Mitty

    Mitty Supporting Actor

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    The zither is an Austrian/Bavarian folk music instrument. It invokes the location more than anything.
    Check it out.
     

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