Classic thriller written by Graham Greene and starring Orson Welles in which a writer sets about investigating the death of a friend in post-World War II Vienna. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a pulp Western writer, arrives in the Austrian capital expecting to take up a job with his old acquaintance, Harry Lime (Welles). When he is informed that Lime died a week previously in a car accident, Martins is intrigued by inconsistencies in the accounts of the death and decides that he can’t leave the city without investigating matters further.
As a consequence, he finds himself drawn into a web of intrigue and searching for the elusive ‘third man’ who was at the scene of Lime’s death. When the head of the local military police, Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), informs him that Lime was involved in black market drug distribution, the plot thickens even further…
Interviews: Graham Greene (Writer) and Joseph Cotton (Actor) audio interviews, Cornelia Mayer
Commentary: Guy Hamilton, Simon Callow, Angela Allen
Other Documentary: ‘Shadowing ‘The Third Man”, ”The Third Man’ – A Film-maker’s Influence’, ‘Restoring ‘The Third Man”, ‘Dangerous Edge’
Bonus Tracks: Zither performance by Cornelia Mayer