The Third man

United Kingdom, 1949

Film
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A lucky combination of talents gave this romantic thriller, set in war-torn Vienna, an almost poetic quality and an excitement which has kept it vivid. The photogenic ruins provided a suitable background for the four star actors: Joseph Cotton, Valli, Trevor Howard and Orson Welles. Graham Greene wrote a bitter, well-timed script adapted from his own novel, Robert Krasker lovingly photographed and Carol Reed directed every scene with the surest of touches and then there was the insistent zither music by Anton Karas.

Credits

director

Carol Reed

production company

London Film Productions

Language

English

Duration

01:40:00:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

35367

Subject categories

Adaptations

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Film noir

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Thrillers

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Espionage

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Literature → English literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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