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Friday Noir: ‘The Third Man’ is morally ambiguous but unquestionably great

25 May 2012 10:09 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Third Man

Directed by Carol Reed

Written by Graham Green

U.K, U.S.A., 1949

*This review will avoid some of the story’s major details

In the years immediately following the second World War, many of Europe’s countries were left in a pile of rubble, their economies destroyed, and their people still reeling from the all too real nightmare they had endured for 6 long years. Even some of Europe’s most historic, near-mythic cities had been the victim of intensive bombing or urban warfare, or both in the worst cases. Among said cities which were forced to endure a period of strenuous recovery was Austria’s capital, Vienna. Vienna was in an even greater political quagmire than Berlin. While the latter was occupied by two of WWII’s victorious nations, Vienna had four adoptive fathers, the British, the French, the United States and the Soviet Union. What greater setting, »

- Edgar Chaput

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5 Things You May Not Know About 'The Third Man'

25 April 2012 7:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Thirty-six years ago today, on April 25th, 1976, filmmaker Carol Reed passed away. One of the greatest directors ever to come out of the U.K., Reed started out as an actor, but gained fame as a writer-director in the late 1930s and 1940s, thanks to films like "Night Train To Munich," and the outstanding "Odd Man Out" and "The Fallen Idol." Later, he'd also find success with films like "Trapeze," "Our Man In Havana," "The Agony and the Ecstasy" and "Oliver!," for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director, beating out Stanley Kubrick's "2001" and Gillo Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers."

But Reed's undisputed masterpiece is "The Third Man," a 1949 film noir based on a screenplay by the great British writer Graham Greene. The film involves a writer of Westerns, Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), who comes to post-war Vienna after being promised a job by his childhood friend Harry Lime. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Secret Cinema Screen ‘The Third Man’ & The Future of Moviegoing

2 February 2012 9:10 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It feels great to finally be able to reveal that the secret film at Secret Cinema’s record breaking bumper run was ‘The Third Man.’ Over the course of the seven week long run, over 19,000 people were transported back to 1940’s Vienna to experience what can only be described as a simply unique way of experiencing cinema.

From the moment Secret Cinema announced their latest venture in late October, the internet was ablaze with gossip and intense blogging from followers who asserted, argued and debated what the title would be, continually being fuelled by a steady supply of clues.

Tickets for the opening night sold out in a matter of minutes; tickets for the run sold out in a matter of days. So, assuming the mantra of ‘give the people what they want’, Secret Cinema extended the run until the end of January. The result was the same – sell out! »

- Adam Rayner

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