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Movies in the Morning: Novels to Film – The Third Man
April 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm$10
INSTRUCTOR: Kimball King
Join us as the Friday Center hosts a morning movie screening of the 1949 film noir masterpiece, The Third Man, followed by a discussion led by noted film professor, Kimball King.
Directed by Carol Reed and based on the novella by Graham Greene of the same name, the film stars Joseph Cotton as Holly Martins, an out of work pulp fiction novelist, who arrives in a crumbling, post-war Vienna, where a shortage of supplies has led to a flourishing black market. Martins arrives at the invitation of his friend, Harry Lime, wonderfully portrayed by actor, Orson Welles, who had offered him a job. However, he learns that Lime recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime’s friends and questionable associates, Martins discovers that the stories are inconsistent, and he is determined to find out what really happened to Harry.
The film won the 1949 Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, the British Academy Award for Best Film, and an Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematography in 1950. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing and the Academy Award for Best Director. It is widely considered one of the most influential film noirs of all time – as well as a showcase for great acting, impressive cinematography and a creative musical score.
The post-film discussion will examine Greene’s classic novel and the transition from fictional form to film.
Kimball King is professor emeritus of English and adjunct professor of dramatic art at UNC-Chapel Hill. King co-lectured/taught/began one of the first film criticism courses in the US in 1965. His books and articles have focused on American, British, and Irish dramatic art. King has taught film noir topics in a series of classes for Oxford University and The Friday Center.
Grumman Auditorium at the Friday Center