"The Third Man" is one of Orson Welles best movies. From the novel by Graham Greene, its the story of Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a pulp fiction writer who is in Vienna just after World War II to give a series of speeches. He was there at the invitation of an old friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to discover that his friend was something of a crook and has been killed. But there are enough contradictions in the story of the accident, that Martins starts to try to find the truth of what happened. The story leads him to Lime's girlfriend, and he runs afoul of the international police, headed by Major Calloway, played by a stalwart of British acting, Trevor Howard.
The never-ending stream of twists and turns, spiced by Welles' adept sense of humor, has made this film a true classic. The Criterion Collection version includes several "making of" featurettes that will be a delight of film fans.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our October, 2007 issue.
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