The Third Man movie locations include numerous iconic sites in the heart of Vienna. Here is the Palais Pallavicini, location of Harry Lime’s apartment, as it appears today.
When I knew I would be moving to Vienna, 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.
Third Man movie locations in Vienna
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.
Third man movie locations: the lair of Harry Lime
But perhaps the most evocative location of all is the apartment of Harry Lime, the anti-hero of the movie. This is where we first hear that someone has run down and killed him in a truck. His grieving lover, Anna, still lives here. So I was delighted when I recently attended an event at the location, 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 you can hire for events, have a wonderful, well-maintained asset. Third, Vienna teems with palaces. It’s a privilege to live here.
My review of “The Third Man”
To read my review of “The Third Man”, see my post: The greatest movie of all time: 7 reasons “The Third Man” is movie magic.