Welcome to day 1 of my new blog series about my all-time favorite spy films and television shows, in which I reveal the inordinate portion of my life I’ve spent re-watching the Bourne Identity.
(This is also my go-to excuse whenever someone persecutes me for not having seen The Wire in its entirety. Seriously, I would rather just have a dance party to the opening credits of the Bourne Films for all of eternity rather than be forced to sit down and watch a series in which I have seen the pilot ten times and have yet to get past it. “Not Having Seen The Wire” also apparently constitutes as a war crime every conversation I have with people who’ve seen The Wire, which makes me want to watch it even less just out of principle, but that’s for my next blog series: 31 Days of Not Watching The Wire)
If you missed it, here’s my little introduction post about the series. If you didn’t, good job. You’re caught up.
I’m not really going to summarize plot in these series because A) I’m not in film school anymore and no longer have to write papers analyzing storylines for six pages to pad my wordcount B) you just have to trust my taste and go watch these movies, and C) I think it’s more fun to just jump in and talk about the fun parts. It’s my blog, I can dance if I want to.
I will link to the trailer, though, so you’ll have some idea what I’m talking about even though I mostly just want you to go see these damn films and tv shows because they’re amazing.
I also won’t be talking about the directors as much because this is a writing blog, so if you want to fight me on this, just do it on Twitter. @AmyMSuto
Today’s film is none other than the classic 1949 film, THE THIRD MAN. It’s not squarely in the spy genre as it’s set in post-war Vienna and pre-Cold War, but the noir style and general sense of intrigue place it in my definition of the “spy” genre:[Read more…]