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Sids Salon- Sid Keeps the Classic Films Coming!

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sid’s Salon – Sid keeps the classic films coming!

The Third Man––  England  Carol Reed  1949  1 hr. 33 (b/w)

Wednesday, March 13, 6:15pm.  Address given with RSVP.

Sid Says…

Vienna, 1949, is the setting;  pursuit of heinous criminal activity is the driving theme;  the ties of love and friendship are the emotional forces linking two main characters to a mysterious criminal.  Holly Martin (Joseph Cotten) is an old school chum of the unprincipled but charming Harry Lime (Orson Wells) reputed to be a major player in an underworld network that sells watered-down penicillin on the black market, though Holly does not believe it.  Martin had not seen Lime for years when Harry offered him a job of unknown nature in Vienna, divided like Berlin into four sectors.  Martin needs this mysterious job because he is broke (and because he has forgotten how to remove or even loosen his tie).   Lime is accidentally hit by a car and killed just before Holly arrives.  A writer of pulp mystery novels, Martin, however, smells a rat––not hard to do in rubble strewn postwar Vienna––and in spite of being told to go home forthwith by the English (Who else would use forthwith?) Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), he decides to find out for himself if his old friend’s death was in fact accidental.

         In the process, he meets Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli),  the actress lover of the boyishly charming Harry, who, she says: “Never grew up,” which is a bit of a stretch when we and Holly find out, through Major Calloway, who the man is behind that boyish guise.  Then, the chase is on. Or chases, I should say.  Holly’s buttoned-down pursuit of the besotted Anna at first runs parallel to and then is pushed aside by the breathtaking pursuit of Lime, first through Vienna’s deserted and deeply shadowed nighttime streets and then in its underworld of sewers.  Brilliantly filmed by cinematographer, Robert Krasker, and edited by Oswald Hafenrichter to keep you on the edge of your seat, the film takes us into a labyrinth of tunnels, rivers and small waterfalls as the increasingly desperate Harry frantically tries to elude the four police departments of Vienna and their dogs.   It is more than ten minutes of superb and gripping filmmaking.  And, of course, music played on a zither provides the unforgettable music to it all.

RSVP:  rsvp@nextvillagesf.org 415-888-2868.

Let us know if you need transportation. All are welcome. $5 for non-members.

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Date:
March 13
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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