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The Third Man (Drury @ The Moxie)

  • Starring: Orson Welles,Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli
  • Director: Carol Reed
  • Genre(s): Classics , Mystery & Suspense
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 104 min.

Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty.

This series is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.

The Third Man (1949): Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas’s evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass. [Criterion]

Drury University professor Dr. Kevin Henderson will lead a post show discussion after the film.

"Krasker's camera reveals a dank, matte, defeated city - so dully vivid as to be a character unto itself - except that this Vienna becomes something altogether different seen at night or underground."
- Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"The Third Man is a movie of sobering pleasures."
- Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"It transformed the way I looked at the world."
- David Ansen, Newsweek
"Seen today, The Third Man ... can be appreciated as a prophetic statement on the eventual moral bankruptcy of the one-world euphoria that clouded men's minds immediately after the second 'war to end all wars.'"
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Top credit must go to Mr. Reed for molding all possible elements into a thriller of superconsequence."
- Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"For lovers of film noir, The Third Man is unquestionably a must-see -- one of the masterpieces of a genre that has contained everything from milestone motion pictures to low-budget potboilers."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"One of the glories of postwar cinema, and quite possibly one of the most sheerly enjoyable movies ever made."
- Robert Horton,
"Of all the movies I have seen, this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The complete effect of The Third Man is of superficial mysteries wrapped around deeper mysteries of the human heart, all immersed in a desperate universe suspended by the silent witnessing of a thousand eyes."
- Tom Keogh,