Rent The Third Man (1949)

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1h 40min
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Synopsis:
Holly Martins a naive writer of pulp westerns, arrives in Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Line but finds that Lime has apparently been killed in a suspicious accident. Martins, too, curious for his own good, hears contradictory stories about the circumstances of Limes' death and as witnesses disappear he finds himself chased by unknown assailants. Complicating matters are the sardonic Major Calloway, head of the British forces, and Limes' stage actress mistress, Anna. Will Martin's curiosity lead him to discover things about his old friend that he'd rather not know?
Actors:
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Directors:
Narrated By:
Carol Reed
Writers:
Graham Greene
Others:
Robert Krasker, Oswald Hafenrichter
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1951 Oscar Best Cinematography Black and White

1950 BAFTA Best British Film

1949 Cannes Palme d'Or

BBFC:
Release Date:
25/09/2006
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • The Third Man - Original Radio Broadcasts
  • Featurette On Composer Anton Karas
  • Original Trailers
  • Photo Galleries And Filmographies
  • Shadowing The Third Man - 90 Minute Retrospective Documentary
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following special features:
- Shadowing The Third Man
- 90 Minute Retrospective Documentary
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/09/2010
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
Castillian, Dutch, French, German
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Shadowing The third man
  • The third man on the radio
  • Audio commentary with Guy Hamilton (Assistant director), Simon Callow and Angela Allen (2nd unity continuity)
  • The third man interactive Vienna tour
  • Guardian NFT interview with Joseph Cotten's alternate opening voiceover narration
  • Interview and zither performance by Cornelia Mayer
  • Stills gallery
  • Original trailers

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Reviews (2) of The Third Man

Outstanding for its time - The Third Man review by JD

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26/11/2009

For a 1949 film it is a masterpiece. It richly deserves to have won the cinematography award. I do not think modern cinematography is better, it has just got a few more tricks. The style of acting has since changed alot and mainly for the good. It is very theatrical and projected especially Orson who sometimes looks as though he is doing Bob Hope impressions. Well worth a nostalgic trip.

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Greatest UK Film? - The Third Man review by Steve Mason

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20/06/2012

Voted the best British film of them all by the BFI. Salutes to Carol Reed's direction, Graham Greene's thrilling but melancholy script, Robert Krasker's outstanding expressionist photography, and among a great cast, an iconic performance by Orson Welles as Harry Lime, unscrupulous trafficker in the rubble of post war Vienna, the city divided between the four allied powers.

While the film is extremely suspenseful, we never lose touch with the real sorrow of a people destroyed by war, living under occupation. And this being a work of Graham Greene, there are fascinating moral complexities to agonise over.

When a film is is as good as this is, on every level, the only reasonable response is to be overwhelmed.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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