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4.3
10,754 Ratings

The Third Man

Directed by Carol Reed
United Kingdom, 1949
Film noir, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis

It’s post-WWII Vienna, an American pulp writer finds the friend that invited him over, dead. Whilst trying to uncover the mystery behind his friends death, he becomes caught up in the black market and falls for the grief-stricken lover.

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The Third Man Directed by Carol Reed

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1949 | Winner: Grand Prize of the Festival

Academy Awards

1951 | Winner: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

1951 | 2 nominations including: Best Director

National Board of Review

1950 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

What are people saying?

  • εξώτερο Διάστημα's rating of the film The Third Man

    When have we become so tired and pressured as to demand from a carnivalesque art form to educate us, while tickling our guts and synapses, mixing water with wine, inebriation with the catechism? Is late capitalism so time-depleting that it collapses entertainment with the evening classes, requesting we quote Kierkegaard after a skating break? Of course the “Third Man”’s plot is pulpy, a second-rate mannequin to hang

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Third Man

    It's lucky that Selznick was involved, or we might have had Cary Grant instead of Joseph Cotten. Joseph Cotten was underused and under-appreciated. Apparently, Orson Welles was a bit of trouble on the set of this film. He did an excellent job of being enigmatic and sociopathic as Harry Lime. He was rumored to have written all his own dialogue, and directing his scenes. Look for the Dutch angles.

  • Samuel T.'s rating of the film The Third Man

    16mm. Re-watch (for the first time in 10 years almost exactly). This film takes itself so seriously, and at times is so quirky! That score! That cinematography!!! (I just learned about "the Dutch angle" tonight, oops.) Orson steals the show the second the camera hits him. A thoroughly satisfying cinematic experience.

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film The Third Man

    Of course, it’s a timeless, unquestionable masterpiece – but it’s also a film that strikes a warm, personal chord with many, subjectively speaking. Greene's provocative screenplay has aged like fine wine. So have the unconventional soundtrack, the dizzyingly stylish, topsy-turvy cinematography. The sensitive performances. Appropriately staged in gritty postwar Vienna, it is a darkly-humorous lament for simpler times.

  • LauraPalmer's rating of the film The Third Man

    "Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." After watching this film for the THIRD time, it seems to be even better than a MASTERPIECE.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Third Man

    Essential cinema. One of the all time best scripts offering a more rich experience with each viewing. The wonderful camera placements and edits; the amazing zither score; the performances by all involved especially Cotten and Howard; the crackling dialoque; that perfect capture of post war Europe in a Vienna that is still recognizable today; all adding up to a near perfect cinematic experience. "the cuckoo clock"

  • Mathieu Boucher's rating of the film The Third Man

    "Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."

  • Eleni Ashton's rating of the film The Third Man

    When I was in Vienna a few years ago my friends and I were hanging around outside Harrry Lime's building when a very dapper elderly resident asked us if we'd like to take a look inside... Of course we said yes and he left us alone to do our thing. It was amazing and then a few minutes later we got kicked out by the porter/a grumpy old man.