Classic black-and-white movie month: The Third Man (1949)

Classic black-and-white movie month: The Third Man (1949)

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Orson Welles in “The Third Man” (Rialto Pictures/Studiocanal)

Fri 08 Jun 2018, 7.30 pm
TPD

From TPD:

In the final week of Classic black-and-white movie month, TPD will organize the screening of The Third Man (1949) by director Carol Reed.

Film notes:

THE THIRD MAN • UK • 1949
104′ | Film-Noir • Mystery • Thriller

The Third Man is directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene. It stars Joseph Cotten, Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. The film takes place in post-World War II Vienna. It centres on Holly Martins, an American who is given a job in Vienna by his friend Harry Lime, but when Holly arrives in Vienna he gets the news that Lime is dead. Martins then meets with Lime’s acquaintances in an attempt to investigate what he considers a suspicious death.

The atmospheric use of black-and-white expressionist cinematography by Robert Krasker, with harsh lighting and distorted “Dutch angle” camera technique, is a major feature of The Third Man. Combined with the iconic 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 wrote the novella of the same name as preparation for the screenplay. Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which featured only the zither. The 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.

In 1999, the British Film Institute voted The Third Man the greatest British film of all time. In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine saw it ranked the second best British film ever. [Wikipedia]

Language: English with Vietnamese subtitles

• The film screening is for educational purposes and to raise funds for the Young Cinema Fund at TPD.
• Donation (at the door): 20,000 VND/audience.
• Doors open at 7 pm and close when the screening room is full.
• Seats are assigned on the first-come-first-served basis.

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Watch the film’s trailer here:

Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents TPD was established with the purposes of designing and implementing programs to assist and develop movie talents and other activities for the development of Vietnamese cinema.

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