Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee
Summoned to occupied post-war Vienna by his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), brash American pulp writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives to find his old chum being widely mourned, especially by the actress Anna (Alida Valli), though less so by British Major Calloway (Trevor Howard). In this quartered, ruined, double-talking city, however, it’s as well to take nothing at face value… The Third Man remains among the most consummate of British thrillers: Reed and Greene’s sardonic vision of smiling corruption is deliciously realised with superb location work, a roster of seasoned Viennese performers and Anton Karas’ jaunty zither score.
Screening from a new digital restoration.
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