“Awesome”… I mean “Orson” Welles would have been 100 years old this week. With one of his finest films The Third Man from director Carol Reed getting a brand new 4K restoration this year, we celebrate an iconic image from the film.
The film tells the story of Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives in post-war Vienna on the invitation of his childhood friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). But on arrival he finds that Harry has recently been killed by a car whilst crossing the street, leaving a grief-stricken lover, Anna (Alida Valli). When local British investigating office Calloway (Trevor Howard) claims that Lime was an unsavoury criminal, Martins accepts an offer from a local book club to stay in Vienna in order to clear his friend’s name. As he investigates his friend’s last hours, he grows closer to the doomed Anna, and learns of an unidentified “third man” at the scene of the accident, who may hold the key to the deepening mystery surrounding Harry’s death.
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