The Third Man (70th Anniversary Release)
+ intro by Angela Allen, Continuity Supervisor
Discover why this mystery-thriller has often been rated as the greatest British film of all time.
Dir Carol Reed
With Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard
A STUDIOCANAL release
Writer Holly Martins (Cotten) arrives in post-war, Allies-occupied Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Lime (Welles), with the promise of work. Discovering that Lime is dead, and warned away from Vienna on account of his friend’s criminal activities, Martins starts investigating the circumstances surrounding Lime’s demise. Graham Greene’s note-perfect screenplay, the sound of Anton Karas’ zither, Robert Krasker’s expressionist photography, Reed’s tight direction and a charismatic turn by the great Orson Welles make The Third Man an unmissable piece of cinema.
Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer
Also available on BFI Player.