Set in a post-World War II Vienna filled with canted angles and stark shadows, Carol Reed’s thriller is expressionist perfection. Orson Welles’ performance as Harry Lime – thought to be dead by his childhood friend, Holly (Joseph Cotten), a down-and-out novelist, only to make a dramatic return – is one of cinema’s best. You’ll never look at tunnels or Ferris wheels the same way again.
‘The Third Man’ is in cinemas on September 29. You can book tickets to a special anniversary event, including a Q&A panel of special guests, at Picturehouse Central on September 1 here.
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