Creating Harry Lime
The Third Man by Carol Reed is one of Tripwire’s favourite films and here’s a selection of behind the scenes photos from the Carol Reed Archive at the BFI, with thanks to The Guardian who reminded us that these photos existed…
Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, “The Third Man” stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find him dead. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a “third man” present at the time of Harry’s death, running into interference from British officer Maj. Calloway (Trevor Howard) and falling head-over-heels for Harry’s grief-stricken lover, Anna (Alida Valli).
Release date: 31 August 1949 (United Kingdom)
Director: Carol Reed