Carol Reed’s film noir classic will return to UK cinemas in stunning 4K to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Starring Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli with Orson Welles, it’s widely considered one of the greatest British films of all time.
Sporting the glorious 4K restoration that was completed in time for its appearance as part of the Cannes Classics screenings at the 2015 film festival, the film noir will once again have the chance to shine on the stage where it truly belongs.
Following a special screening with critic Danny Leigh at London’s Picturehouse Central on September 1 (which will include a q&a with one of the film’s last remaining crew members – script supervisor Angela Allen – and special guest, the screenwriter Hossein Amini, The Third Man will arrive at cinemas across the country for one day only on September 29.
The Third Man, a film we put on our list of ten films to see before going to film school, follows an American searching for the killer of his best friend in war-torn Vienna. Visually mesmerising, the film paints a bleak picture of post-World War II Europe as the story’s setting becomes a character in itself. It is also memorable for Orson Welles’ fleeting appearance and an important film in many ways, not least for its use of Vienna as a location, its rugged and dishevelled buildings displaying the wounds of war.
The winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes and the BAFTA for Best British Film upon its release, it has a number of high profile fans having inspired filmmakers from either side of the Atlantic and beyond. Both Martin Scorsese and Ben Wheatley are known fans.
The Collector’s Edition of The Third Man will be re-released this autumn as part of the ‘Vintage Classics collection’ – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content. The Third Man will be in UK cinemas for one day on September 29.