Pulp novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) travels to shadowy postwar Vienna at the invitation of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime (Welles), only to find himself investigating his friend’s mysterious death. Thus begins this twisting, subversive tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances, Anton Karas’s famously evocative zither score, Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue, and cinematographer Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, Reed’s The Third Man has continued to grow in stature as the years pass. “One great shot after another. I’ve seen it 50 times and it’s still magic.”—Roger Ebert.
Appears in: Orson Welles at 100
Other Films by Carol Reed
In TRAPEZE, a “picture that soars high, high, high above them all,” Lancaster returns to his first love, the circus, as Mike Ribble, a legendary high-wire trapeze artist who was injured during a show. Ribble still performs, but in a supporting role; Tino Orsini (Tony Curtis), an up-and-coming young American, now handles the big stunts …