Orson Welles at his best--have watched this several times and it never gets old.
Moody, atmospheric noir with two of the best actors of the era. Worth multiple viewings.
Very interesting and I'm glad I watched it but probably wouldn't again.
somewhat fun to watch, good pace, but not very memorable to me.
Superb film noir mystery with an amazing final act and manhunt. Worth your time.
I musn't have paid attention to this film noir classic, because I found it hard to follow.
over 2 years
A fascinating window into post-war Vienna, if a bit dry in places.
Not what I expected: The Third Man is a tense mystery in a fascinating setting.
Proper classic noir. Gorgeous imagery and keeps up tension throughout.
over 4 years
The Third Man is one of the very best films I've ever seen.
almost 5 years
Liked the unique background score. Odd plot but interesting.. Also unique final scene
I love that there's barely a straight-angle shot in the film.
over 5 years
Beautiful, funny and thrilling. Defies age.
The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. Many critics rank it as a masterpiece, particularly remembered for its atmospheric cinematography, performances, and unique musical score. The screenplay was written by novelist Graham Greene, who subsequently published the novella of the same name (which he had originally written as a preparation for the screenplay). Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which used only the zither; its title cut topped the international music charts in 1950.
American pulp Western writer Holly Martins arrives in Post-World War II Vienna seeking his childhood friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job. Martins discovers that Lime was killed by a car while crossing the street; at Lime's funeral, Martins meets two British Army Police: Sergeant Paine, a fan of Martins's books, and his superior, Major Calloway. Afterwards Martins is asked to give a lecture to a...