Showroom Cinema by Linnea Pettersson
You’ll never forget the first time you watched Carol Reed’s ‘The Third Man’.
Mine was just over ten years ago, at the Showroom, for a private screening someone had booked for their birthday: I was eighteen at the time, quite the little film nerd, and had been dying to see it on the big screen.
From the first few scenes, I knew I’d found the film for me. Expecting a stone-cold noir thriller, the jaunty zither playing over the opening credits (music that is near-impossible to forget) was like snapping a piece of rock in half and finding diamonds.
From that moment, you’re taken on a spiralling game of pass the parcel, where you’re the only one playing and the surprises unwrapped just get better and better.
Shot largely on location in post-war Vienna, Graham Greene’s superb screenplay echoes the devastating impact of war that is seen in the geography of the city, using it to its full potential to explore the inner turmoil of the film’s characters, and the lingering trauma and unease brought about by conflict and division.
‘The Third Man’ returns to the big screen for one night only on Sunday 29th September to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the original World Premiere.
This screening will be preceded by an exclusive musical performance from Cornelia Mayer, a Viennese zither player that trained with Karas, and followed by a recorded Q&A hosted by film critic Danny Leigh featuring Angela Allen, one of the last remaining crew members, film writer/director and fan of the film Hossein Amini, and other special guests.
As well as this anniversary screening of ‘The Third Man’, we have even more events and films with a literary flair hitting the screenings over the next few weeks.
The hugely anticipated adaptation of Donna Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’ joins us this Friday. While it has divided critics, I think it is well worth checking out to see just how such an astonishing and ambitious novel – that was screaming for some cinematic treatment – has translated onto the screen.
We also have the stage show of Angela Carter’s magnificent novel ‘Wise Children’, directed by the multi-award-winning Emma Rice.
It follows Nora and Dora Chance: twin chorus girls who are celebrating their 75th birthday.
The all-singing, all-dancing show opened to a raft of 4 and 5-star reviews at London’s Old Vic in 2018 and features first class performances from a talented ensemble.
A celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope, ‘Wise Children’ is raucous, raunchy and an absolute delight to behold.