In the movie The Third Man, what image do we get of post-war Vienna?

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In the book and movie, The Third Man by Graham Greene, Vienna is the setting for both.  Vienna is depicted as it has not been before; this time the dark side of Vienna is clearly visible.  The sewer system with all of the dark, slimy images clearly contrast with the usual picture of Vienna.  The war damages are shown as well, making the effects of the war on the city visible to the movie viewers. Because the movie itself is film noir, the darkness and ruthlessness of the deaths of children, set again against the backdrop of the city sewers which are used as an escape route, portray the underbelly of Vienna, rather than the usual music and romanticism of traditional views of Vienna.


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