The Third Man 70th Anniversary Event

Director: Carol Reed
Starring: Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli, Joseph Cotten
Duration: 180 min

Considered by many as the best British film ever made, THE THIRD MAN screens exclusively at Picturehouse Central on 1 September 2019, 70 years to the day since its world premiere in 1949. Audiences will be treated to a pre-screening exclusive live musical performance from Cornelia Mayer, a Viennese zither player who trained with Anton Karas, followed by a screening of the film in glorious 4K, and then a post-screening Q&A hosted by film journalist Matthew Street featuring Angela Allen, one of the last remaining crew members, fan of the film writer/director Hossein Amini and more special guests to be confirmed.

Directed by Carol Reed (THE FALLEN IDOL, OLIVER!) from an original script by acclaimed novelist Graham Greene, THE THIRD MAN won the Grand Prix at Cannes and the BAFTA for Best British film, and is loved by filmmakers the world over, from Martin Scorsese to Ben Wheatley. Oscar-winning cinematography showcasing the shadowy underbelly of a bombed-out Vienna, an endlessly quotable performance by Orson Welles, and an iconic soundtrack from zither player Anton Karas (a Viennese busker plucked from obscurity by Reed) all combine to make one of the most memorable thrillers of all time.

Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a writer of pulp westerns, arrives in post-war Vienna on the invitation of his childhood friend Harry Lime. But on arrival he finds that Harry has recently been killed by a car while 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.

Club and Group screenings

Sun 1st Sep 15.30 Ad and Trailer Free: No advertisements or trailers will play ahead of this screening. You are recommended to arrive promptly.

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