The Third Man

The Third Man (1949)

Genres - Crime, Mystery-Suspense, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Film Noir, Psychological Thriller Film  |   Release Date - Aug 31, 1949  |   Run Time - 104 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |  
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The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene. It stars Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. Set in post-war Vienna, the film focuses on Holly Martins, an American who is given a job by his friend Harry Lime, but when he arrives the man is dead. He then meets with Lime's acquaintances in an attempt to investigate his suspicious death.

The atmospheric use of black-and-white expressionist cinematography by Robert Krasker, with harsh lighting and distorted "Dutch angle" camera angles, is a key feature of The Third Man. Combined with the unique theme music, seedy locations and acclaimed performances from the cast, the style evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical, post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War.

Greene published the novella of the same name which he originally wrote as preparation for the screenplay. Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which used only the zither; its title music "The Third Man Theme" topped the international music charts in 1950, bringing the previously unknown performer international fame. It is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its acting, musical score and atmospheric cinematography.

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$1,226,507

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Black Market, British, Cemetery, Espionage, Ferris Wheel, Grave, Harry, Independent, Mind-Bending/Experimental, Music, Penicillin, Sewer, Suspense, Third Man Theme, Vienna

Attributes

Filming Location: Austria, Vienna
Narrative Location: Vienna
Subject: reconstruction
Time Period: 1940s, reconstruction

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Alternate Titles

A harmadik ember
HU
Al treilea om
RO
Carol Reed's Production The Third Man
GB, US
Daisan no otoko
JP
De derde man
BE
Den tredje mand
DK
Den tredje mann
NO
Den tredje mannen
SE
Der dritte Mann
AT, DE
El tercer hombre
AR, MX, PE
El Tercer Hombre
ES
Il terzo uomo
IT
Kolmas mies
FI
Le troisième homme
BE, CA, FR
Người Thứ Ba
VN
O 3º Homem
BR
O Terceiro Homem
PT
The 3rd Man
US
The Third Man
AU, CA, EC, EG, IN, IL, KR, NL, PH, SG, TH, AE, GB, US
Treći čovjek
HR
Trečiasis asmuo
LT
Třetí Muž
CZ
Tretí Muž
CS, SK
Tretji človek
SI
Trzeci człowiek
PL
Üçüncü Adam Kim?
TR
Ο τρίτος άνθρωπος
GR
Трећи човек
RS
Третий человек
, RU
Третият човек
BG
Третя людина
UA
第三の男
JP
第三个人
CN
第三人
CN
黑狱亡魂
HK
黑獄亡魂
HK, TW
제3의 사나이
KR