Director: Carol Reed
Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten
An evergreen classic of cinema, Carol Reed’s The Third Man is an iconic and unforgettable film. The British film noir is set in post-war Vienna and stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find him dead. Things get complicated as Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a “third man” present at the time of Harry’s death. Seductive and singular and described by the Guardian as a “near-perfect work”, The Third Man is a film not to be missed.
Introduction to the film by Ryan Finnigan from RARE GIANTS.