The Third Man

(Carol Reed, 1949). This, even more than Kane, made Orson Welles a myth. Set in the broken heart of Europe, The Third Man is a fun-house Casablanca—its geopolitical romance and inherent megalomania appropriate to the Cold War’s bleary dawn. Two-thirds of the way through, Welles makes one of the most dramatic star entrances in movie history; from that moment on, it’s his show.
Fri., Aug. 7, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 8, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 p.m., 2009

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