Michael Winner on The Third Man

Director Michael Winner introduces his Screen Epiphany, The Third Man, at a members' event at BFI Southbank hosted by Eddie Berg. Winner recalls seeing Carol Reed's iconic film noir at 14 when at school, and he claims to have returned to the cinema to enjoy it a further 20 times. He admires the incredible work of many of the film's contributors - Graham Greene and his impeccable script with its masterful exposition, Anton Karas and his score, featuring only the zither, not to mention the impeccable performances of Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles. Winner went on to cast Welles in I'll Never Forget Whats'Is'Name (1967), and he recalls the magic moment of their first phone call, and the difficulties of putting him up anonymously in a London hotel.



 

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