After last week’s technical hitch we are back in the cinema. This week’s film is one which has regularly been described as the greatest British film ever made: Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949, UK). It was written by Graham Green and ranks at 73rd in the Sight and Sound Critics Top 250 films of all time.
It won the 1949 Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival, the British Academy Award for Best Film, and an Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematography in 1950. In 1999 the British Film Institute selected The Third Man as the best British film of the 20th century; five years later, the magazine Total Film ranked it fourth.
Set three years after the end of the Second World War, it is a film noir played out in the streets of a heavily bombed and and occupied Vienna. American pulp Western writer Holly Martins (played by Joseph Cotton) arrives in search of his childhood friend, Harry Lime (played by Orsen Welles), only to discover he has died after being struck by a car. Becoming increasingly suspicious about the nature of his friend’s death, Harry begins his hunt for the mysterious third man lurking in the shadows.
Check out the trailer below:
As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome
When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 16th October 2013