Touring the Film: "The Third Man"

May 2, 2018

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I am a bit of a film nut.  I was the president of Northern Michigan University's alternative film group "Gonzo Media" for a while when I was an undergrad.  That love of film has stuck with me, and one film I hold dear to my heart is the 1949 film noir "The Third Man," directed by Carol Reed, and stars Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles.  We are dropped into post-World War II Vienna with American novelist Holly Martins, who was given a job by his friend Harry Lime.  Unfortunately he learns quickly that Harry Lime is dead; the story continues with Martins' investigation of his untimely demise.

An unsettling Dutch Angle from "The Third Man"
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I could go on about how film noir is one of the coolest film genres out there, or about the beautiful zither score supplied by Viennese composer Anton Karas (which is highly recommended listening here), or about how the dutch angles are spooky and effective.  But, the reason why I am so geeked about this film lately is the fact that it takes place in Vienna, one of the locations to visit on the Public Radio 90 Imperial Cities Tour.

Harry Lime's apartment in Josephplatz
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Harry Lime's apartment now
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Here are some more locations from the film, then and now:

Cemetery then
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Cemetery now
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Near the statue of the Emperor Josef II, then
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Emperor Josef's Statue, now
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Dr. Winkel coming out with his bike on Borsegasse 5 in Vienna, then
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Borsegasse 5 in Vienna, now
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Holly Martins running from thugs towards a church, in Maria am Gestade, Salvatorgasse 12, Vienna, then
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The same church in Maria am Gestade, Salvatorgasse 12, Vienna, now
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The Ferris Wheel where Holly has an important meeting, Wiener Riesenrad, Riesenradplatz 1, Prater Park, Vienna, then
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The Ferris Wheel in Wiener Riesenrad, Riesenradplatz 1, Prater Park, Vienna, now
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Movie connection bonus! Timothy Dalton as James Bond and Maryam d'Abo as Kara in the 1987 film "The Living Daylights," which also takes place in part in Vienna! The Prater Park is featured a few times, along with other Viennese locations.
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Maybe you can help me track down some more locations of this classic film!  Who knows, we may even solve a mystery there...
 

For more information on the locations in "The Third Man," visit the Movie Tourist website here.

The full trip brochure is available online here: http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnmu/files/imperial_cities_brochure.pdf

For more information about how to book your seat for the Imperial Cities Tour, call Laura at Holiday Travel Vacations at 228-6355, or email laura@holiday-mqt.com