24 June 2008

The Third Man is alive and well.

One of the most memorable films of all time, a landmark in film noir, a masterpiece of lighting and now, an exciting new tourist attraction. The Third Man has just got its own museum in Vienna. It's not as though the city needs this to give you reason to visit. It's Anchor Clock, the Belvedere Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral easily hold their own, but to a film buff they are nothing in comparison.

This private museum near the colorful Vienna Naschmarkt is entirely devoted to this film, made in 1948 in Vienna. A comprehensive collection of original photos from all over the world shows daily life in the Vienna after the war as well as the cinema history connected with this legendary film.

First editions of Graham Greene’s novel to the film can be admired, as can a cinema projector dating from 1936. These were the projectors on which “The Third Man“ was first shown in 1950. In addition, the memory of Anton Karas, whose title melody played on a zither started a zither boom all over the world, is kept alive by autographs, music scores and children’s zithers. In the reading corner, one can browse through historic newspaper articles on the film.

Apart from all the film relics and memorobilia, the museum also delves into the darker secrets of the city's Nazi past. A true educational and cultural experience, not shying away from the past.

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