The Third Man
Directed by Carol Reed. UK. 1949. NR. 104 minutes. Rialto. Digital Restoration.
Sun., November 15, 2015
Orson Welles leads an exceptionally brilliant cast (Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard) in this gripping, atmospheric story of post-World War II Vienna, directed with insight and poignancy by one of England’s finest, Carol Reed (Odd Man Out, Our Man in Havana, Oliver!). Welles plays the enigmatic Harry Lime, a suspected black-marketer and friend of Cotton’s who has summoned him to Vienna at the end of the war. As the story (written by famed novelist Graham Greene) unfolds, the viewer is drawn deeper and deeper into the back alleys, darkened byways, and even the sewers of that fabled city, accompanied by the haunting tones of a zither melody that will stay with you long after the film has ended. Once seen, The Third Man can never be forgotten – as a film masterpiece and as a meditation on the themes of friendship and loyalty. (Bill Roth)
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