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“Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock!”
The restored, 4k update of The Third Man opens Friday, August 7th in St. Louis at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Theater
Roger Ebert called Harry Lime, the character played by Orson Welles in the 1949 classic The Third Man, his favorite screen villain of all time. Fittingly, he gets one of the great movie character introductions — an unforgettable one involving a doorway, a cat, and a sudden beam of light. There’s a reason that the only Academy Award won by The Third Man, one of the most beloved films of all time, »
- Tom Stockman
Der dritte Mann, De Derde Man, Le Troisième Homme, El Tercer Hombre, Il Terzo Uomo, Den Tredie Mand... One of the deathless classics of world cinema, Carol Reed’s oft-revived The Third Man is being revived once again at Film Forum starting today, this time in what is apparently its first major restoration. The poster above, the original UK one sheet for the film, is included in the exhibition of posters from Martin Scorsese’s personal collection currently running at MoMA. What is interesting about some of the earliest posters for The Third Man, especially the American ones, is how they fail to capitalize on what has become the most enduring iconography of the film: the ferris wheel or Orson Welles’ face lit up in an alleyway. The British posters (a variation of the design appears below) at least include the arches of the Vienna sewer tunnels but feature none of the film's stars. »
- Adrian Curry
With every new viewing, the resurrection of Harry Lime looks to me less secular. This classic 1949 noir – written by Graham Greene and directed by Carol Reed and now on rerelease – is a compelling parable of guilt. Joseph Cotten plays the down-on-his-luck pulp thriller writer Holly Martins, just arrived in postwar Vienna, a city carved up by the victorious allies, and swarming with chancers and black-marketeers. He’s been invited by his old pal Harry Lime to take up a job – or maybe simply be a loyal, tame witness to his bogus disappearance.
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- Peter Bradshaw
The Cannes Film Festival begins in just two days and as a result more and more pictures, posters, trailers and clips from the films showing in the festival will be arriving and now we have some pictures and the first poster for one of the more anticipated films, Sicario, from Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) with a screenplay from first timer Taylor Sheridan. The story centers on a young female FBI agent (Emily Blunt) joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit. Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Donovan and Daniel Kaluuya round out the cast. Along with a batch of pictures, all of which have been scattered around the Internet for the last week or so, today we get our first look at the film's poster, which definitely offers up »
- Brad Brevet
"Heard of Harry Lime?" Rialto Pictures has debuted a new trailer for the 4K restoration of Carol Reed's classic film noir The Third Man, which will be premiering as a Cannes Classic selection later this month at the festival in France. This just looks so unbelievably stunning in 4K, all the cinematography is fabulous, it looks gorgeous seeing so much depth in the shadows. The cast includes Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard and Bernard Lee. This is one of those classics that if you haven't ever seen, it's always the right time to watch. Or in this case, catch it on the big screen looking better than ever before. Trailer for the Cannes Classics 4K restoration of Carol Reed's The Third Man, found via The Playlist: Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, »
- Alex Billington
In spirit of Orson Welles' centennial, the 1949 noir starring Welles as a black marketeer haunting postwar Vienna opposite Joseph Cotten's pulp novelist has at long last been restored in glorious 4K. The new print will bow in Cannes' Classics sidebar before opening stateside this Summer from Rialto Pictures. Written by Graham Green and directed by Carol Reed, "The Third Man" won the Palme d'Or and an Oscar for cinematographer Robert Krasker's German Expressionist-inspired images. The film was restored by Deluxe on behalf of StudioCanal. Read More: Cannes Classics Programs Hitchcock, Welles and More In other Wellesian news, the producers of his unfinished 'The Other Side of the Wind" have just launched an Indiegogo campaign to put the film through post-production so that we may finally see his 1985 passion project. Read More: British Film Institute Toasts Orson Welles on His 100th Birthday »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Released in 1949, Carol Reed's film noir The Third Man stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a pulp novelist searching post-war Vienna for his missing friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Often cited as one of the greatest British films of all time, The Third Man is being re-released in a 4K restoration and will be in UK cinemas on Friday 26 June Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
Rialto made the announcement on the eve of Welles’ 100th birthday. “The Third Man” restoration will premiere this month in the classics section of the Cannes Film Festival.
The U.S. opening has been set for New York’s Film Forum on June 26 for a two-week run, followed by the Nuart in Los Angeles on July 3. Engagements in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Philadelphia and other major markets will follow.
“The Third Man,” produced by Alexander Korda and David O. Selznick, was Reed’s second teaming with novelist-screenwriter Graham Greene. The film, set in Allied-occupied Vienna, also starred Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli.
It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the British Film Academy’s best British film award and an Academy »
- Dave McNary
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Part 1 of 10: There’s nothing like the thrill of a chase. A bank robber pulls off an elaborate heist only to be pursued by a dogged detective on foot. A soldier escapes from enemy territory but must outrun the angry combatants on his tail. A man wrongly accused of murder has just his wits and his two legs to flee the authorities. It’s the immediacy that appeals: characters relying on their stamina, agility, and wit to stay alive, without the aid that a car, boat, or plane gives them. For filmmakers, »
- Shane Ramirez
What is it that makes an artwork important? Relevance over time is one answer. This past summer in New York City, both the Museum of Modern Art and Film Forum ran a month-long series of Film Noir screenings. And this December of 2014, the Brooklyn Academy of Music ran a "Sunshine Noir" series of Film Noir shot in Los Angeles. Three revivals in one year speak to the continued pertinence of this genre: Film Noir is timeless. On the surface, Noir is stylized and sexy, but its hidden undercurrent illuminates something about our deeper vulnerabilities.
Most Film Noir is set in the seedy underbelly of a big city, like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago. Shot in black and white, the blinking lights and cigarette smoke simmer in the darkness of night. These urban settings create a moody atmosphere for morally shady situations in the North American city. But, in 1949, one »
- Michelle Mackey
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