After being promised a job by an old friend, an American writer arrives in post-war Vienna, only to find that his friend has recently died under suspicious circumstances. A very interesting and well-constructed film noir story, outstanding, German Expressionist cinematography and atmosphere.
Intricate and twisting plot with great performances all around. A must-see classic film for anyone with an interest in cinema. Perhaps one of the most prominent examples of film noir.
Displays a portrait of the partitioned city of Vienna under Allied occupation in the years right after World War II – a perfect breeding ground for crime, racketeering and corruption.
The atmosphere works well in conjunction with the unique musical score – The Third Man Theme topped international music charts after the film was released. It was played on a zither by Anton Karas – a 40-year old previously unknown musician, heard by director Carol Reed in a Viennese street cafe.
The German Expressionist cinematography includes some of the most recognizable compositions and scenes in cinema. Stark lighting and shadow, the superb use of black and white, dark and light – all contribute to the themes of the film.
The Third Man Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Hedwig Bleibtreu, Wilfrid Hyde-White