In the footsteps of The Third Man

In Vienna working on a story last week took time out to go on the wonderful The Third Man walking tour. Pictured below is guide Barbara Timmerman standing by the kiosk which leads down to the famous sewer sequence in the movie and is the first stop on this two-and-a-half hour walk through the city and the locations used in the film. Barbara does the tour twice a week and she is excellent at bringing the world of Harry Lime to life. I expected to bump into him around every corner. Learning how scenes were really done does nothing to diminish the film; in fact it enhances it. Barbara’s mother Dr Brigitte Timmerman founded Vienna Walks & Talks ( Barbara’s sister Kerstin and brother Christopher also lead walking tours in this most atmospheric of cities. Carol Reed’s landmark movie still has such resonance in the city where it was filmed in 1948 that it is shown several times a week at the Burg Kino cinema at 19 Opernring near the Opera House (U1, U2, U4 Karlsplatz).