George Hickenlooper on

The Third Man

Released 1950
Distributor Selznick Releasing Organization

This was the final commentary recorded for us by George Hickenlooper. Carol Reed’s endlessly watchable post-war thriller, the fourth pairing of Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles, is generally considered one of the greats. Tensions between producers Alexander Korda and David O. Selznick resulted in two separate cuts of the film. Robert Krasker won an Oscar for his stylized cinematography. This is a surprisingly dunderheaded trailer, though.

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About George Hickenlooper

Writer-director George Hickenlooper‘s feature film credits include Factory Girl, about Andy Warhol and his muse, Edie Sedgwick; the internationally acclaimed documentary, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, the psycho-sexual drama The Man from Elysian FieldsThe Big Brass Ring, a political thriller adapted from an Orson Welles screenplay, and Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse for which George received a directing Emmy.  His interest in movies and filmmaking began in childhood – stemming in part from his Great Uncle’s (conductor Leopold Stokowski) involvement with Disney’s Fantasia. On October 30, 2010, George died suddenly in Colorado while prepping for the Denver Film Fest premiere of his last film, Casino Jack. All of us connected to this site will always treasure our relationship with George, a true cinema buff who revered film history enough to join us here at Trailers from Hell.

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