The Third Man
Director: Carol Reed Run Time: 104 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1949
Starring: Alida Valli, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Paul Hörbiger, Trevor Howard
Screenwriters: Alexander Korda, Graham Greene
Producers: Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, David O. Selznick
Noirvember sets its sights on European vistas in this slick masterpiece of thrilling double-crosses, doomed love, and startling philosophy. Holly Martins, an author of pulp Westerns, arrives in postwar Vienna as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has recently died. Martins stays around to investigate the death and finds everything isn’t what it seems. Joseph Cotton is the perfect patsy, Alida Valli is the gorgeous mystery, and Orson Welles is the smooth-talking devil twisting the rules to suit his own fortune. Often regarded as one of the best films of all time from the stunning cinematography, to the performances, to Welles’ adlibbed monologue on the Medicis and cuckoo clocks, The Third Man is every bit as good as the hype.