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The Third Man
- Joseph Cotten

Overview - This classic noir mystery, from the team of Carol Reed and Graham Greene, is generally considered to be the best filmwork of both of these estimable talents. THE THIRD MAN features Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a pulp novelist who has come to post-WWII Vienna with the promise of work from his friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles).  Read more...

 
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Overview

This classic noir mystery, from the team of Carol Reed and Graham Greene, is generally considered to be the best filmwork of both of these estimable talents. THE THIRD MAN features Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a pulp novelist who has come to post-WWII Vienna with the promise of work from his friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). When he finds that Lime has just been killed in a questionable car accident, he decides to remain in the city to investigate his friend's demise.

Awards:
1949 - Cannes - Palme d'Or Winner
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner

Cast List

Alexander Korda - British Director/Producer
Sir Alexander Korda - British Director/Producer
Carol Reed - British Director/Producer
Sir Carol Reed - British Director/Producer
Vincent Korda - British Production Designer
Orson Welles - Director/screenwriter/actor, CITIZEN KANE
George Orson Welles - Director/screenwriter/actor, CITIZEN KANE
Joseph Bato - Art Director
David O. Selznick - Legendary Hollywood Producer, GONE WITH THE WIND, KING KONG
David Oliver Selznick - Legendary Hollywood Producer, GONE WITH THE WIND, KING KONG
Joseph Cotten - American actor
Geoffrey Keen - British Character Actor
Anton Karas
Martin Miller - Character Actor
Bernard Lee - British Supporting Actor
Trevor Howard - British Actor
Oswald Hafenrichter
John Hawkesworth - British television producer
Wilfrid Hyde-White - British Actor
Wilfrid Hyde White - British Actor
Graham Greene
Alida Valli - Italian Actress
Valli - Italian Actress
Alida Maria Altenburger - Italian Actress
Robert Krasker - Australian Director Of Photography

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 105
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 012236110477
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: February 2013

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Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Film Noir
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
Carol Reed reached the peak of his form with this classic noir, an elegy for American innocence and European elegance. Joseph Cotten, in fine form, stars as unemployed pulp-novelist Holly Martins. When he arrives in post-WWII Vienna on the promise of a job from his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), he finds that Lime has recently died in a dubious car accident. Against the advice of British sector authority Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), who accuses Lime of criminal behavior, the indignant Martins decides to stay to investigate his friend's death. He searches this city of rubble-strewn streets and bombed-out buildings, earnestly questioning Lime's associates, a cynical, war-weary collection of black-market hustlers. At length, he realizes that the stories he's hearing are so full of contradiction, he's getting nowhere. Yet, he's entranced by Lime's beautiful girlfriend, Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli), who, unlike the others, seems to have loved Harry. Calloway finally provides evidence of Harry's treachery, and Martins, despondent, is about to return home when everything changes in a shadowed moment. THE THIRD MAN is a masterpiece of melancholia featuring extraordinary writing, acting, and directing, as well as a classic zither score by Anton Karas. Welles is memorable as the seductive villain, but the true star may be the camera work of Robert Krasker, which transforms Vienna into a coruscating, expressionist nightmare.

Notes:
THE THIRD MAN is number 57 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The Home Vision Cinema VHS version is the Uncut British Version from the Criterion Collection Video Master. The print is from the Janus Collection.

Reviews:
"...The film's disenchanted romanticism exerts an irresistible charm. Nearly half a century on, that charm hasn't diminished in the least..." - 04/01/1994 Sight and Sound, p.54-5


"...THE THIRD MAN provides superior roles for all its lead actors..." - 06/10/1999 Los Angeles Times, p.F10


"...One of the greatest of all films, and one of the most entertaining....It is one of the few films every movie lover absolutely must see..." - 07/30/1999 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29


"...The greatest of the foreign-based film noir dramas..." - 12/03/1999 USA Today, p.17E


"...Carol Reed's gripping 1949 thriller was proclaimed as the best British film of all time by the British Film Institute..." - 10/01/2000 Total Film, p.104


"Lime is a character of volatile complexity..." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.55


"Welles could play the most seductive of villains; his amoral, charismatic Harry Lime is one of his most unforgettable." - 05/01/2006 Premiere, p.98


"[A]n unassailable classic....[Welles'] speech comparing the ruthless Borgia family and the peace-loving Swiss still raises goose bumps." -- Grade: A - 05/25/2007 Entertainment Weekly, p.69

 
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