"The Third Man" (1949): B&W. 104 minutes. Directed by Carol Reed. Screenplay by Graham Greene. Music by Anton Karas. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard. Note: This film noir classic is basically a who-dunnit murder mystery set in crumbling post-WWII Vienna. Or, is the real mystery a matter of who was murdered? Since each of the principle characters is hiding something, well, the truth lurking in the shadows isn’t so easy to see ... much less, to grasp.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the late Roger Ebert's review of Reed's masterpiece:
- "Has there ever been a film where the music more perfectly suited the action than in Carol Reed's 'The Third Man'?"
- "Of all the movies I have seen, this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies."
Admission: Tickets at the box office will be $10.00. The proceeds from this one-time-only special screening will be split between the Byrd Theatre Foundation's "Journey to the Seats" and the Bijou Film Center.
Advance tickets are now available online at Eventbrite for $7.00 (plus a processing fee of $1.38) each. Paper advance tickets will be available for $7.00 (cash or check) at Bygones Vintage Clothing and Steady Sounds until the day of the show.
The After-Party will unfold at the New York Deli following the screening. Gypsy Roots will perform live on stage. Appropriate food specials will be available. Admission will be free.