Monday, November 1, 2010

Harry Lime's former apartment

One of the highlights of Vienna so far was when I found Josefsplatz square. It is in a popular tourist area and while most people were looking at a giant statue of some old emperor, or a show of dancing Spanish horses, or museums and concerts about some guy called Mozart who composed music, they were missing the real highlight of the area: the apartment of Harry Lime from the film The Third Man, which is either the second- or third-best film ever made. (The first is Once Upon A Time In America, while Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Third Man vie for second.) It's easy to tell which building it is because of the distinctive statues outside the doors. Here's a photo I took from the same angle of a still from the movie. Unfortunately the building was covered with scaffolding which prevents it from being seen clearly but here are a few other photos showing some detail.

Josefsplatz 5


  1. I'm afraid I have to correct so e factual errors here. The greatest film of all time is one of 2001 A Space Odyssey; All Quiet on the Western Front; and if I was feeling generous maybe the Godfather ( though that's not one of my absolute personal favourites. In the final analysis different genres make it hard to make a judgement call. Eg The Pianist is the greatest holocaust film but it's a struggle to compare it with The Life of Brian. Terrence Malik films are probably the most beautiful ever made but that's not an aspect of say a very staged production like Glengarry, Glen Ross. One could go on. We will resume this over a bottle of claret when you are in London.

  2. But what about 'Plan 9 From Outer Space'??