The Third Man

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MONDAY, JANUARY 16 7 PM;

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 9 PM.

“The most famous collaboration of the director Carol Reed and the screenwriter Graham Greene has the structure of a good suspense thriller and an atmosphere of baroque, macabre decadence. The simple American, Joseph Cotten, arrives in postwar Vienna to meet an old friend, only to be told that the friend has been killed in an accident. In trying to discover the facts, Cotten learns so much about his friend that when he finally finds him alive, he wants him dead. Orson Welles’ portrait of the friend, Harry Lime, is a study of corruption–evil, witty, unreachable. It’s balanced against Trevor Howard’s quietly elegant underplaying of the Army officer who teaches the simple American some of the uglier facts of life…” (Pauline Kael)

1949 Dir. Carol Reed. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 104 min.