The Third Man


(out of 5)

 arrives in Vienna to attend the funeral of a childhood friend who has recently passed away. Investigation into his friend’s life and business reveal that he was mixed up in a black-market scheme gone awry, and that there is a missing suspect out there who might have information as to how he actually died.  appears in a marvelous supporting role as a shady figure in this brilliant, exciting British thriller based on the novel by Grahame Greene. Twists and turns abound, plus there’s a fantastic confrontation on a ferris wheel and a climactic chase through the underground tunnels of Vienna. The moody black-and-white photography is gorgeous, and Carol Reed’s direction couldn’t be more impressive. Fans of this film will definitely want to take a look at the little indie film Frogs For Snakes, where actress Lisa Marie gives a reading of Welles’ famous ferris wheel speech.

London Film Productions

United Kingdom, 1949

Directed by Carol Reed

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Produced by Carol Reed

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Podcast:  My Criterions

Academy Awards 1950

Cannes Film Festival 1949


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