Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, November 27, 2010

4:00 PM

England/1949—directed by Carol Reed (104 min.)

American pulp writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) comes to post-war Vienna looking for his old pal Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find himself plunged into a convoluted and dizzying universe of mystery, intrigue and corruption. Carol Reed’s incomparable thriller The Third Man is so richly entertaining, inventive and satisfying on every level that repeated viewings are like second and third helpings of a fabulous dessert. Every element of the production meshes brilliantly with the others, from Graham Greene’s lean, snappy dialogue to Robert Krasker’s shadowy, off-kilter, evocative cinematography to Anton Karas’s legendary – and perfect – all-zither musical score. With Trevor Howard, Alida Valli and the wonderful Wilfrid Hyde-White. Presented in its restored, 35mm version.

“Seeing it on the big screen is like watching it for the first time. Quite simply one of the finest films ever made!” –Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
Admission to films in the DFT 101 series is a special matinee price of $5 or free with museum admission.