When I knew I would be moving to Vienna, but before this was widely known, I changed the heading on my Twitter account to a new image.
My intention was to hint, to those who knew either Vienna, me or both, that I was on the move.
The picture is an image from my all-time favourite film, set in post-war Vienna, The Third Man. To avoid spoilers I shall not say what it depicts, but merely to look at it gives me shivers of recollection.
Vienna is rich with Third Man locations, many redolent with history. You can even do a tour of the sewers, where key action from the movie takes place.
But perhaps the most evocative location of all is the apartment of Harry Lime, the anti-hero of the movie, outside which we first hear that he has been run down and killed by a passing car; and where his grieving lover, Anna, still lives. So I was delighted when I was invited recently to an event at the location, known as the Palais Pallavicini. Some photos are below.
The entrance to Harry Lime’s flat (Palais Pallavicini) – photo Robert Pimm
The carriageway inside Harry Lime’s flat – photo Robert Pimm
The staircase within – photo Robert Pimm
Looking up the staircase – photo Robert Pimm
What can we learn from all this? First, that the location scouts on The Third Man, which was filmed in 1948, had a fine eye. Second, the owners of the Palais Pallavicini, which can be hired for events, have a wonderful, well-maintained asset. Third, Vienna is packed with palaces. It’s a privilege to live here.
Would you like me to review The Third Man? Let me know.