The Spy Story Behind The Third Man

  title={The Spy Story Behind The Third Man},
  journal={Journal of Austrian-American History},
  • Riegler
  • Published 1 December 2020
  • Art
  • Journal of Austrian-American History
The Third Man symbolically stands for espionage. Indeed, though its storyline concerns friendship and the hunt for an unscrupulous black-market dealer, the film has been connected to the Cold War struggle between intelligence services since its release in 1949. This perception is partly related to the film's setting—the bombed-out ruins of Vienna— which was then (and still remains) a major hub for spies. What has been less noted, however, is that the film's origins itself represent an…