Alexander Glück is chasing the Third Man in Vienna. The film – directed by Carol Reed in 1949 – is widely regarded as a landmark achievement in the early days of commercial cinema.
Alexander Glück’s new book – which is on sale as of now – does not just feature lots of information about its cast from Joseph Cotten to Alida Valli. It is also packed with great photographs of streets and squares in the Austrian capital which are of importance in the movie. Furthermore, Glück portrays the Viennese Third Man museum and reveals secrets about the capital city’s sewerage system where several key scenes of the film were shot.
The legacy of the “The Third Man” is undisputed, and the black and white film written by English playwright Graham Greene will continue to have an impact of the international image of Vienna for a long time. Visiting the places where Orson Welles and the other members of the cast were once strolling along is a main reason to travel to Vienna for many tourists who fell in love with the city before their first trip – thanks to the lovely Austrian and foreign characters in “The Third Man”.
Seeing the movie at the Burgkino (www.burgkino.at), a tradition-rich cinema near the State Opera – has been an integral part of their holiday in Vienna for thousands of holidaymakers over the years. The film is a regular part of the weekly programme at the Burgkino where all films are screened in their original language version.
Auf den Spuren des Dritten Mannes in Wien
By Alexander Glück
Published by Pichler (www.styriabooks.at)
Christoph Waltz has revealed that starring in a western is like a dream come true for him.
Asked whether being part of a movie of that genre is the fulfilment of a childhood fantasy, the “Django Unchained” star told Austrian daily Der Standard: “It is indeed. (…) I was 13, 14 years old and watched spaghetti western at the cinema. The title of every other of these films included the word ‘Django’, even if such a character was not part of the script. It was a brand.”
The two-time Academy also spoke about the moment Quentin Tarantino checked his interest in playing Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter, in the new blockbuster. “You fall to your knees if someone serves up such an offer on a silver plate. Making this film with a friend is the icing on the cake,” Waltz said.
The Vienna-born actor also disclosed that there were negative aspects to playing Schultz. He told Der Standard: “It was nice to have a full beard for a while as you don’t have to care about it. However, it started itching after a while.”
“Django Unchained” is currently on at the Burgkino, a Viennese cinema screening films in their original English-language versions. For starting times, visit http://www.burgkino.at
Quentin Tarantino has praised Austrian film star Christoph Waltz a “jewel”.
Speaking to TV Woche, an Austrian magazine, Tarantino explained: “Christoph is just a jewel. He’s a great actor. We have a lot in common and often have the same vision. He always knows exactly what I expect from actors and the characters they play in my films.”
Tarantino once more decided to cooperate with Waltz for “Django Unchained”, a new western, after making “Inglourious Basterds” four years ago. Waltz, who was born in Vienna, received an Academy Award for his performance after having been overlooked by Hollywood for years.
While Waltz starred as brutal SS official Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds”, he now plays Dr. King Schultz, a feared bounty hunter. “Inception” star Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx (“Collateral”, “Ray”) and Samuel L. Jackson (“Unbreakable”, ”Snakes on a Plane”) are also part of the superb cast of “Django Unchained”.
Tarantino revealed he initially intended to hire an elderly actor for the role of plantation owner Calvin Candie before picking DiCaprio. “Leo was desperate about playing the part after reading the script. (…) He did a great job,” the director told TV Woche.
Asked whether a Don Johnson comeback similar to the spectacular return of John Travolta following his appearance in “Pulp Fiction” is in sight, Tarantino said: “John’s rise after ‘Pulp Fiction’ was a phenomenon. Don only plays a supporting role (in ‘Django Unchained’) and I doubt that a similar hype will kick in. But I’d love to see more of him from now because I’ve been a fan since ‘Miami Vice’.”
Meanwhile, a string of other excellent movies are screened by the Burgkino (www.burgkino.at), a tradition-rich original versions cinema in Austrian capital Vienna. Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “Anna Karenina” starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, “Argo” and “Skyfall” are currently on the Burgkino’s bill.
A new documentary about director Woody Allen and David Cronenberg’s new film “Cosmopolis” will be on at the Burgkino Vienna this Wednesday (25 July).
“Woody Allen: A Documentary” by Robert B. Weide (“How to Lose Friends & Alienate People”) features interviews with the portrayed Hollywood legend himself as well as conversations with some of his films’ stars including Scarlett Johansson (“Match Point”) and Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”).
Expectations on Cronenberg are high as “Cosmopolis” follows the release of the strongly acclaimed triangle of “A History of Violence”, “Eastern Promises and “A Dangerous Method”. Robert Pattinson stars alongside Paul Giamatti (“Shoot ‘Em Up”) and Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”). For starting times and more information about the popular English-language cinema located in the heart of Vienna, visit its website: http://www.burgkino.at.