The classic British thriller “The Third Man” will be screened at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the downstairs meeting rooms of the Waupaca Area Public Library.
Presented as part of the library’s First Thursday Film Series, Dr. Jack Rhodes will introduce the movie. Complimentary popcorn, soft drinks, and theater treats will be provided.
The 1949 film, directed by Sir Carol Reed, stars Joseph Cotten as a naive American author of western novels who travels to postwar Vienna in reply to a job offer from an old friend, played by Orson Welles.
Once in Vienna, the novelist finds himself enmeshed in a mystifying tale of international intrigue and black market profiteering. Others in the cast are Trevor Howard, Alida Valli and Bernard Lee.
According to Rhodes, a recent poll of British critics and members of the public resulted in the naming of “The Third Man” as the best British movie ever made. The film won the Academy Award for Cinematography for its cameraman, Robert Krasker, and features the well-known and haunting zither music of Anton Karras.
Filmed almost entirely on location in Vienna, “The Third Man” will be shown in conjunction with the library’s ongoing “Armchair Traveler” display, which runs from late December throughout January.