THE THIRD MAN
1949, Rialto Pictures, 93 min, UK, Dir: Carol Reed

Director Carol Reed was nominated for a Best Director Oscar and Robert Krasker won for Best Cinematography for this superlative thriller about post-WWII criminal intrigue in still-ravaged, bureaucratically compromised Vienna. Orson Welles excels in perhaps his most famous role as homicidal rogue Harry Lime. In fact, Lime is so charming that his estranged paramour (Alida Valli) remains loyal to him and his old best friend (Joseph Cotten) cannot bring himself to believe the awful truth. With a story and screenplay by Graham Greene (who later adapted it into a novel).


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