The Third Man
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Carol Reed. 1949, 104 mins. DCP. With Joseph Cotton, Orson Welles, Alida Valli. In one of the most atmospheric and beloved of all noir-flavored movies—its tone set by Anton Karas’s zither score—Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a pulp writer, 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). Still one of Rialto’s most popular titles, its original restoration in 35mm was followed by an even more beautiful digital restoration. Rialto’s prints are of the longer UK release, with Carol Reed’s narration at the beginning.
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