The Third Man
First show: August 08
ITS FIRST MAJOR RESTORATION EVER! Restored by Deluxe Restoration, on behalf of Studiocanal, from a fine grain master positive struck from the original negative.
(1949) In rubble-strewn postwar Vienna, its occupation divided among four powers, Joseph Cotten’s pulp Wester writer Holly Martins arrives to meet up with his old friend Harry Lime, only to find that he’s dead — or is he? And as the supremely naïve Cotten, a monoglot stranger in a strange land, descends through the levels of deception, and as he discovers his own friend’s corruption, the moral choices loom. A triumph of atmosphere — with its Vienna locations (including the gigantic Riesenrad ferris wheel and the dripping sewers), its tilted camera angels, its Robert Krasker-shot shadows, and Anton Karas’s unforgettable zither theme — and with its stars in perhaps their most iconic roles: bereted Trevor Howard at his most Britishly military; Alida Valli, here truly enigmatic and Garboesque; and Welles’ Harry Lime, arriving in one of the greatest star entrances ever, and adding the famous “cuckoo clock” speech to Greene’s original script, with the whole topped by its legendary, almost endlessly drawn-out finale shot. Three Oscar nominations: for director Reed, editor Oswald Hafenrichter, and cinematographer Krasker, with a win for the latter; the Grand Prize at Cannes; and the only film on both the AFI and BFI Top 100 lists of, respectively, the greatest American and British films (#1 for the Brits), as well as being named The Greatest Foreign Film of All Time… by the Japanese! Approx. 103 min. DCP restoration. Directed by Carol Reed. Screenplay by Graham Greene. With Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli & Orson Welles 1949. DCP. 104 min.
“THE BEST REVELATION IN ALL OF CINEMA.” – Martin Scorsese
“One of the most intense atmospheres the screen has ever delivered! You can smell the sewers, the fear, and the mistrust in Vienna. A time and place were captured; scenario and locale were stirred, like cream going into dark coffee.” – David Thomson
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