senior scribes
text


Library Film Features The Third Man

The 1949 British film noir The Third Man was directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene.  It stars Joseph Cotten, Valli (Alida Valli), Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard.  The film takes place in post-World-War-II Vienna and centers on Holly Martins, an American who is given a job in Vienna by his friend Harry Lime.  But when Holly arrives in Vienna he gets the news that Lime is dead.  Martins then meets with Lime's acquaintances in an attempt to investigate what he considers a suspicious death.

The atmospheric use of black-and-white expressionist cinematography by Robert Krasker, with harsh lighting and distorted "Dutch angle" camera technique, is a major feature of the film. Combined with the iconic theme music, seedy locations and acclaimed performances from the cast, the style evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical, post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War.

Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which featured only the zither. The title music "The Third Man Theme" topped the international music charts in 1950, bringing the previously unknown performer international fame.  It is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its acting, musical score and atmospheric cinematography.  In 1999 the British Film Institute voted The Third Man the greatest British film of all time.

Join us Thursday September 21st at 7:00 p.m.  Ryan Carpe will be leading a brief discussion after the movie.  This is an adult program and the discussion will be on the adult level.  As always, there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda.  We hope to see you there!


 
senior scribes

County News Online

is a Fundraiser for the Senior Scribes Scholarship Committee. All net profits go into a fund for Darke County Senior Scholarships
contact
Copyright 2011 and design by cigs.kometweb.com