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Double Bill: Carol Reed

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In honor of the birthday of one of England’s greatest directors, we present a double bill pairing Carol Reed’s most beloved film—the classic post-war noir The Third Man—with a too-little-known thriller that showcases how much more there is to discover in Reed’s body of work.

The Man Between

Carol Reed United Kingdom, 1953


The turbulent grounds of post-war Germany set the stage for this thriller amidst a politically divided Berlin. In many ways a companion piece to The Third Man, this underestimated game of deception (starring James Mason!) is a masterful realization of a city as chessboard of escape and pursuit.

The Third Man

Carol Reed United Kingdom, 1949


In honor of director Carol Reed’s birthday we’re showing his most beloved film and arguably the greatest British film ever made, alongside a lesser known gem to discover. But start with this post-war noir classic adapted from Graham Greene: It’s both a gripping mystery and an exposé of modern evil.

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