Ludwig is Great Cinema. It is also a lot of fun, lavish to a tee, camp as hell and a bit sad. This utterly magnificent film is a must see – you will swoon with joy and envy while reflecting how far contemporary period drama cinema has fallen into the doldrums of cliché, CGI and austerity.
Available to see on Blu-Ray or DVD, The Third Man is set in Vienna. Orson Welles (in the smaller but dominating role) stars as Harry Lime, who fakes his own death. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a minor novelist, investigates. There are a number of intrigues in this dark, secret society that has formed around Lime in the city. With a screenplay by Graham Greene, the 1949 film stands up well as a unique classic film with a score by zither player, Anton Karas which is still popular today. The finale is amazing.