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September 3    New York, NY    FILM FORUM

October 17 & 20    Austin, TX    AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY

The Third Man Play Dates

About

United Kingdom, 1949
Director: Carol Reed
Producer: Carol Reed, Hugh Perceval
Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard, Orson Welles
Screenwriter: Graham Greene
Cinematography: Robert Krasker
Music: Anton Karas (zither)
Genre: Drama, Film Noir
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Language: English
Running Time: 104 minutes

Synopsis:
Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives in a bombed-out, post-war Vienna at the invitation of his childhood friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles) only to find him dead. Martins develops the ultimate conspiracy theory after learning of a “third man” present at the time of Harry’s death, butting up against interference from British police officer Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), and falling head-over-heels for Harry’s grief-stricken lover Anna (Alida Valli).

Awards and Recognition:
Grand Prix du Festival (Cannes Film Festival, 1949)
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Academy Awards, 1951)
Best Director, Best Film Editing nominations (Academy Awards, 1951)
Best British Film (BAFTA Awards, 1950)
Best Film from Any Source (BAFTA Awards, 1950)
Top Foreign Films (National Board of Review, 1950)
Official Slection, Cannes Classics (Cannes Film Festival, 2015)
 

Reviews and Quotes 2

"ONE GREAT SCENE AFTER ANOTHER! ONE GREAT SHOT AFTER ANOTHER! I'VE SEEN IT 50 TIMES AND IT'S STILL MAGIC!"
— Roger Ebert

"A TRIUMPH!"
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"A FILM OF BRILLIANT PIECES THAT COALESCE INTO A SUPERB WHOLE...
BACK IN THE BEST SHAPES OF ITS LIFE."
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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