19th September 2017 The Third Man (1949). Director: Carol Reed; Cert.PG

19th September 2017 The Third Man (1949). Director: Carol Reed; Cert.PG

This atmospheric thriller is set in shady post World War II Vienna. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is an American writer of cheap Westerns. He travels to Vienna to visit his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). On arrival he finds that Mr Lime died just a few days before in a seemingly banal accident. Martins is concerned because Lime was suspected of being a big racketeer in the city, and there are suspicions and conflicting stories about how he died. In the investigation Martins finds out some grim truths about his old friend’s life, and is caught in a dark web of intrigue as he tries to discover who the ‘third man’ was who was present his death. Voted Greatest British Film of all time by the British Film Institute this engrossing film, based on a screenplay by Graham Greene, features iconic performances by Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Outstanding black and white expressionist cinematography and the haunting sound of Anton Karas’ zither music contribute to the intensely mysterious atmosphere.