A classic British cinematic masterpiece, confrontational through its stylistic post-war realism and completely at odds with the grandiose nature of other popular films of its time, The Third Man follows Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a pulp writer of western and noir stories as he investigates the death of his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles).
Iconic and genre-defining in its use of expressionist film technique, harsh lighting and disconcerting Dutch angles, the film is wonderfully evocative of the devastation that followed the war, which its main subject grapples with through his own lenses. While The Third Man is considered by many to be one of the best British films of all time, its legacy has been lost a little through time, but its impact remains untethered.
Where to watch: BBC iPlayer
Recommended by: Nick Stockman, Newhaven Creative Producer