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The Third Man

4 Stars (out of 4)

Many associate The Third Man (1949) with Orson Welles' masterworks, and subsequently assume that he directed it. In fact Welles had little to do with it — he may have contributed a speech to the screenplay — but that so many believe this is a compliment to the film's style and timelessness. In the summer of 2015, The Third Man is playing in theaters in a glorious new, must-see 4K restoration. Welles was in the middle of filming his brilliant Othello (1952), which required several breaks for fundraising, and he took The Third Man as an acting job for the money. He was given the option of taking a percentage of the profits after the film's release. Strapped for cash, Welles took the money up front. But The Third Man was the biggest hit Welles was ever associated with and he lost out on a large source of income. More...

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