THE THIRD MAN Starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten
FILM NOIR CLASSICS Hosted by the “Dean of Film Noir,” Prof. Foster Hirsch
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FILM NOIR CLASSICS Hosted by the “Dean of Film Noir,” Prof. Foster Hirsch

THE THIRD MAN
Starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 pm
Members $11 | Public $16 | Includes Reception

In what is considered one of the greatest films of all time, American writer, Holly Martins, arrives in post-war Vienna to visit an old friend. On arrival, he learns his friend had died in an accident, but was also wanted by the police.

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime — and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas’s evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass. (UK, 1949, 104 min., English, NR, DCP | Dir. Carol Reed)


Foster Hirsch, Professor at Brooklyn College, is a pioneer in the development of Film Studies and author of more than a score of important books ranging from works about Woody Allen, the Actors Studio and American theater to his magisterial biography, Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King. His current work-in-progress is a sprawling study of film during the crucial transition
period of the 1950s.