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The Third Man (70th Anniversary Release)

Discover why this mystery-thriller has often been rated as the greatest British film of all time.

Image from The Third Man (70th Anniversary Release)

UK 1949
Dir Carol Reed
With Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard
Digital 4K
Certificate PG

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.

We will be running the new 4K restoration of this film.

The screening on Fri 6 Sep 18:00 will be introduced by Angela Allen, Continuity Supervisor. The Thu 12 Sep 18:10 screening features an extended intro (30min) by Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive Film London.


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