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The Third Man [Blu-ray] [1900] [1 disc] [Region 1] [012236110477]

  • NR
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Carol Reed reached the peak of his form with this classic noir, an elegy for American innocence and European elegance. Joseph Cotten, in fine form, stars as unemployed pulp-novelist Holly Martins. When he arrives in post-WWII Vienna on the promise of a job from his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), he finds that Lime has recently died in a dubious car accident. Against the advice of British sector authority Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), who accuses Lime of criminal behavior, the indignant Martins decides to stay to investigate his friend's death. He searches this city of rubble-strewn streets and bombed-out buildings, earnestly questioning Lime's associates, a cynical, war-weary collection of black-market hustlers. At length, he realizes that the stories he's hearing are so full of contradiction, he's getting nowhere. Yet, he's entranced by Lime's beautiful girlfriend, Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli), who, unlike the others, seems to have loved Harry. Calloway finally provides evidence of Harry's treachery, and Martins, despondent, is about to return home when everything changes in a shadowed moment. THE THIRD MAN is a masterpiece of melancholia featuring extraordinary writing, acting, and directing, as well as a classic zither score by Anton Karas. Welles is memorable as the seductive villain, but the true star may be the camera work of Robert Krasker, which transforms Vienna into a coruscating, expressionist nightmare.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1949
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1950 Robert Krasker Australian Director Of Photography

  • Credits
    Orson Welles, George Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Valli, Alida Maria Altenburger, Trevor Howard, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Wilfrid Hyde White, Bernard Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Martin Miller
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The film's disenchanted romanticism exerts an irresistible charm. Nearly half a century on, that charm hasn't diminished in the least..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...THE THIRD MAN provides superior roles for all its lead actors..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...One of the greatest of all films, and one of the most entertaining....It is one of the few films every movie lover absolutely must see..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...The greatest of the foreign-based film noir dramas..."
    USA Today

    "...Carol Reed's gripping 1949 thriller was proclaimed as the best British film of all time by the British Film Institute..."
    Total Film

    "Lime is a character of volatile complexity..."

    "Welles could play the most seductive of villains; his amoral, charismatic Harry Lime is one of his most unforgettable."

    "[A]n unassailable classic....[Welles'] speech comparing the ruthless Borgia family and the peace-loving Swiss still raises goose bumps." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

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