In this classic thriller, Joseph Cotten is in early post-war Vienna looking for old friend Orson Welles.
Director Carol Reed’s all-time great movie, made in 1949, will always be remembered for two things: the catchy zither music score and Welles’ perfect first appearance in a shadowy doorway.
As the black marketeer, Harry Lime, he’s only on screen for around 10 minutes yet his huge personality completely dominates this tangled tale of corruption and intrigue amid the ruins and fairs, shapes and shadows of the city.
As well as the memorable performances from Cotten and Welles, there are good supporting turns from Trevor Howard and Alida Valli.
Robert Krasker’s superb photography deservedly won an Oscar and Reed and the editing were also nominated.
A truly great film that’s not to be missed.