The Third Man

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Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard,

A cynical classic, the most famous collaboration between director Carol Reed and writer Graham Greene follows the search of American writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) for his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles) in postwar Vienna. The quest ranges down rubble-strewn streets and to the Prater’s Ferris wheel, culminating, appropriately, in the sewers. Seeing the film in a theater, Elvis Mitchell wrote in the New York Times, “is like watching it for the first time. . . . Few movies hold up as startlingly well as this mixture of perversity, anxiety, guilt, and adventure.”

Juliet Clark
  • Graham Greene
Based On
  • the novel by Graham Greene

  • Robert Krasker
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 109 mins
  • Rialto Pictures

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Orson Welles (article), American Film, Andrew Sarris, 1988

Orson Welles 1915-1985 (program), Rocky Mountain Film Center, 1986

Alexander Korda (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Karol Kulik, 1976

The fourteen nights of Orson Welles (program), Mayfair Repertory Cinema, Charles Higham, 1972

For now #9 (article), For Now, Manny Farber

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