The Third Man

The Third Man

The Third Man

Considered one of film's greatest thrillers, this British mystery follows an American pulp novelist (Joseph Cotton) who travels to shadowy post-WWII Vienna and becomes embroiled in an investigation into the murder of his friend and back-market purveyor, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Grand Prize winner at Cannes 1949, and Best Cinematography winner at the Oscars for its expressionist, black and white photography. The Third Man was named the best British film of the 20th Century by the British Film Institute in 1999.

Best British Film, 1950 BAFTA Awards. Best Cinematography (Black and White) Oscar, 1951 Academy Awards. Grand Prize winner, Cannes Film Festival 1949.
1949Rating: PG104 minsUK
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Variety

Variety

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A full-blooded, absorbing story

Time Out

Time Out

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Suffused with irony yet ultimately serious-minded: without personal responsibility, it says, there is no hope for civilisation – however charming the smirk.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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Top credit must go to Mr. Reed for molding all possible elements into a thriller of superconsequence.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Of all the movies I have seen, this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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This will haunt you.

5.0
BBC

BBC

press

An iconic film noir that's still fresh despite being familiar.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

A full-blooded, absorbing story

Time Out

Time Out

press

Suffused with irony yet ultimately serious-minded: without personal responsibility, it says, there is no hope for civilisation – however charming the smirk.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Top credit must go to Mr. Reed for molding all possible elements into a thriller of superconsequence.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Of all the movies I have seen, this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This will haunt you.

5.0
BBC

BBC

press

An iconic film noir that's still fresh despite being familiar.

5.0

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