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The Third Man

Carol Reed / GB, 1949 / 108 min.

Post-war Vienna is a hornet’s nest of black marketeers and espionage. A man on the run, ominous shadows in black and white and a chase through the city’s sewers. The exemplary noir classic, starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton, now in a 4K restoration.

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Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton), a writer of pulp novels, travels to Vienna at the invitation of his old schoolfriend Harry Limes (Orson Welles). When he arrives, however, it appears Limes has had an accident and is about to be buried. A perplexed Martins investigates the mystery and digs his way through a hornet’s nest of black marketeers and espionage in Vienna on the eve of the Cold War.

The score by Anton Karas (‘The Harry Lime Theme’) is as remarkable as the film itself: never before was the zither used in film music. Reed’s masterpiece is regarded as one of the best British films of all times.

The film was extensively restored on the occasion of its seventieth anniversary in 2019 and can now be seen in a crisp 4K restoration.

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Rain-drenched streets, curls of cigarette smoke, and men with a dark past. An inescapable fate and a femme fatale, sly and sexually independent. This summer Eye is presenting an extended programme of classic film noir, featuring masterpieces such as The Third Man and In a Lonely Place starring Humphrey Bogart. With vintage 35mm prints and newly restored works.

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