Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
“The Third Man” is a 1949 film noir directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene. Set in post-World War II Vienna, the film tells the story of a novelist named Holly Martins (played by Joseph Cotten) who arrives in the city to visit his old friend Harry Lime (played by Orson Welles), only to find out that Lime has died in a car accident.
As Martins begins to investigate Lime’s death, he discovers that things are not what they seem. The film is filled with twists and turns as Martins delves deeper into the mystery, encountering a cast of characters including Lime’s girlfriend Anna (played by Alida Valli) and a British military police officer named Calloway (played by Trevor Howard).
“The Third Man” is a masterpiece of cinema, known for its innovative cinematography, its iconic zither music score by Anton Karas, and its brilliant performances, particularly by Orson Welles in his brief but unforgettable role as Harry Lime. The film is a haunting and atmospheric portrait of a city in ruins, and a reflection on the moral ambiguity of post-war Europe.
Overall, “The Third Man” is a must-see film for anyone interested in film noir or classic cinema. Its themes of betrayal, corruption, and moral ambiguity are as relevant today as they were when the film was first released.