The Third Man
Cert: PG Year: 1949 Length: 104 mins
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Score: 90.42% Attendance: 80
We thought we would try something new this season. Our commitment to bring you as many new films from around the world as possible means we rarely find room for any old classics; films that you may well have seen on television - that you may have seen several times in fact - but that are worth seeing again, especially on the big screen. We are starting off with three HUGE classics to see if they appeal to you. If they do, we will continue next season. Do let us know what you think...and what films you would like to see. They can be any age just as long as they are GOOD!
As an opener, we have struck lucky: to celebrate the centenary of Orson Welles' birth, The Third Man has been re-released in a brand new 4K restoration - which, to you and me, means the picture will be as sharp as a knife.
Do we need to tell you about the plot? Out of work pulp fiction writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) arrives in post-war Vienna to take up a job offer from his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find he has just been killed in a car accident... but Martins is suspicious about the accident and decides to investigate. Full of famous scenes and a great cast, supported by instantly recognizable zither music, this soon became a classic film noir, winning an Oscar and a BAFTA and consistently reaching many "Best Film" lists - it is still number 2 on the Rotten Tomatoes top 100.
I can’t wait to see it on the big screen - see you there?
The plot is a corker, littered with memorable moments and played to perfection by an unforgettable cast...director Carol Reed fashions a city in which menace lurks around every corner, while Anton Karas's jaunty zither music uniquely echoes the wit and drama of this dark yet daringly playful picture
David Parkinson, Radio Times
One of British cinema's most enduring and atmospheric thrillers. A genuine and endlessly rewatchable classic Film4
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