I had the privilege of seeing both "M" and "The Third Man" at the Film Forum this past week. I thought "The Third Man" was excellent! The score and the cinematography have most definitely made an indelible impression on me, not to mention the magnificent final shot. It’s certainly the best film ending I’ve seen to date, and I’m not sure if it could ever be equaled. Knowing the history of the film noir genre, I’m glad I saw "The Third Man" when I did. As for "M", I was disappointed and would not consider it a film noir. Though, Peter Lorre delivers a tremendous performance. Won't ruin it for those who haven't seen the film but was anyone reminded of Charles Laughton's performance in The Hunchback of Notre Dame?
Will any New Yorkers be catching "Army of Shadows "or "Rififi" at the Film Forum? Would be a fun meet-up.