British director Carol Reed’s masterpiece has undergone a frame-by-frame 4k restoration based on a 4K scan. This previously unseen version made its debut in 2015 in the Cannes Classics category at the 68th International Film Festival in Cannes, where the original version picked up a Palm D’Or back in 1949. The 4K restoration of The Third Man will hit screens across the UK and Irland on June 26, USA on June 27, France on July 8 and Germany in July 2015.
Filmed in the Austrian capital, The Third Man takes an unflinching look at post-war Vienna and the city’s criminal underworld. Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Trevor Howard are among the supporting actors in this thriller, which is based on the Graham Greene novella of the same name. Orson Welles plays Harry Lime, who drags his friend Holly Martins (played by Joseph Cotten) into a world of black-market skullduggery.
Visitors can retrace the steps of this cult classic at various locations in Vienna to this day. With the help of pictures and music samples, the Third Man walking tour recreates the atmosphere of the film and follows the trail of Harry Lime to original locations in the Old Town such as Josefsplatz and Mölker Bastei. The Third Man Tour – Sewers takes film buffs into one of the oldest sections of Vienna’s sewerage network via the same steps that appear in the film. Meanwhile, the Third Man Museum also offers more insights into the world of this classic cinema. Besides numerous props from the film, and photos and objects from the post-WWII era, it also features Anton Karas’ zither, which he used to compose the famous Third Man theme tune. Burg Kino on Opernring presents tri-weekly screenings of The Third Man in the original English-language version. Other locations include the legendary Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) which features at the beginning and end of the film. The Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) also played a prominent role, its compartments offering fantastic views of the city below.
- Third Man Tour, www.drittemanntour.at
- Third Man Museum, Pressgasse 25, 1040 Vienna, www.3mpc.net
- Burg-Kino, Opernring 19, 1010 Vienna, www.burgkino.at
- Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 234, 1110 Vienna, www.friedhoefewien.at
- Riesenrad, Riesenradplatz 1, Prater, 1020 Vienna, www.wienerriesenrad.com