It was a pleasure and a lot of fun to be able to show one of my personal favourite films. Carol Reed’s – ‘The Third Man’ to a really appreciative audience on Wednesday the 8th of March.
Author of ‘Britain’s Forgotten Film Factory’ Ed Harris and I preceded the film with a 10 minute talk, to outline some of the magical ingredients that made it such an unforgettable and atmospheric film Noir classic.
Ed told the fascinating story about some of the scenes and sets. Specifically the large sewer/tunnel set that was built in 1948 at our very own Worton Hall, Isleworth studios. With Orson Welles on our doorstep at the time, using dressing Room no.1 as it was known as then.
Somewhat understandably, Mr Welles had been reluctant to act out scenes in the real thing while filming on location in Vienna.
I’m sure the audience will be whistling or humming Anton Karas’s memorable theme from the film for days after….