Film Noir Matinee Series

'The Third Man,' 1949

Movie poster from The Third ManDown-and-out American pulp fiction writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) travels to post-World War II Vienna to take a job offered by old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Upon his arrival, Martins discovers that Lime has been run over by a car. Irregularities abound as Martins struggles to discover the truth behind Lime's death and the identity of the “third man” seen leaving the scene of Lime’s accident. Was Lime an innocent bystander or a notorious racketeer?
 
Carroll Reed directs this example of post-war British noir, from a screenplay by Graham Greene. Greene later published his screen treatment as a novella of the same name.
 
Please join other noir enthusiasts for the film and discussion on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 2 p.m.
 
Black and white – Unrated – 104 minutes.