Joseph Cotton

Vienna & ‘The Third Man’ – Film Locations (I)

2009-02-02:  The 1949 film: The Third Man … directed by Carol Reed, with the haunting zither music of Anton Karas, and starring Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Orson Welles and Trevor Howard … also ‘stars’ the war-damaged city of Vienna, in Austria.

 

Although talked about right from the beginning, we never actually see the character of ‘Harry Lime’, played by Orson Welles, until late in the film.  It is a pivotal scene.  He is just a black shadow standing in a dark doorway … when suddenly, a light from an upstairs window across the street shines on his face … and we see that roguish smile !

 

Black and white image of the film character 'Harry Lime', played by Orson Welles, in a key scene late in the film when he is first seen. Click to enlarge.

Black and white image of ‘Harry Lime’, played by Orson Welles, in a pivotal scene late in the film: ‘The Third Man’. Click to enlarge.

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Holly Martins Discovers Harry Lime & Chases His Shadow

 Click the Link Above to Download and/or Play this Film Soundtrack Clip (mp3 File, 3.23 Mb)

 

 

Finding and following the film locations for The Third Man offers a very interesting way to discover today’s Vienna.  The ‘doorway’ is located off Schreyvogelgasse, on Mölker Bastei.  Here are three recent photographs, taken in March 2008 …

 

Colour Photograph of Harry Lime 'Doorway' in Vienna. Click to enlarge. Photograph taken by CJ Walsh. 2008-03-15.

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Colour Photograph of Harry Lime 'First Appearance' Location in Vienna. Click to enlarge. Photograph taken by CJ Walsh. 2008-03-15.

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Colour Photograph of Schreyvogelgasse in Vienna. Click to enlarge. Photograph taken by CJ Walsh. 2008-03-15.

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