This 1949 film was written by Graham Greene, directed by Carol Reed and in beautiful black and white. It stars Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles. Now really, how can one go wrong with that excellent line-up? Joseph Cotton is irresistable and endearing, Alida Valli is beautiful and mesmerizing, and Orson Welles is, well, Orson Welles at his best. His first scene in this movie is one of the all-time great entrances. Also, the brilliant Trevor Howard is in this film.
The plot is mysterious and intriguing, but you won't get lost in the details. I don't want to give away the plot so the details are few. It's set in post-wwII Vienna, a pulp fiction writer comes to Vienna to see an old friend who has promised him a job, only to find his friend is dead. The more the writer looks into this death, the more corruption and mystery he uncovers. It's just such a satisfying story! I guarantee you will love it.
And the sound track is absolutely enchanting, all done with only one instrument. I hope you will take the time to enjoy this classic film. You will most definitely be smitten with it, just as I am. Here is a clip sure to motivate you into watching this gem.