The Third Man trailer: Carol Reed's classic reaches its 70th birthday

The Third Man (1949)
Dir: Carol Reed | Cast: Alida Valli, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard | Writers: Graham Greene (by), Graham Greene (screen play)

Carol Reed's seminal classic, The Third Man, has never been short on admirers, from both inside and outside of the industry. It's a film regularly voted as one of the best films ever made and on September 1 on this year it will be 70 years since it premiered in London. To mark the occasion, Studiocanal are holding a special event at Picturehouse Central in London on the same day. Matthew Sweet will host a Q&A featuring one of the last remaining crew members, Angela Allen, who served as script supervisor on the film. There will also be a performance by Cornelia Mayer, a Viennese zither player who trained with Anton Karas, composer of the now iconic score. You can find out more about tickets here. There's also a new trailer for The Third Man to enjoy above.

Holly Martins is a naïve writer of pulp westerns, arriving in a bombed-out, post-war Vienna to meet his childhood friend Harry Lime, only to find that Lime has apparently been killed in a suspicious accident. Martins, too curious for his own good, hears contradictory stories about the circumstances of Lime’s death, and as witnesses begin to disappear he soon finds himself chased by unknown assailants. Complicating matters are the sardonic Major Calloway, head of the British forces, and Lime’s stage actress mistress, Anna Schmidt. Will Martin’s curiosity lead him to discover things about his old friend that he’d rather not know?

Those living outside of London will also get a chance to see the film on the big screen. There will be a nationwide one day release on September 29, which will be followed by a filmed version of the Picturehouse Q&A.

The Collector’s Edition of The Third Man will be re-released this autumn as part of the ‘Vintage Classics collection’ – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content.

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