The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed, with screenplay by English novelist and author Graham Greene, who was regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. The plot is one of intrigue, suspense and murder in post World War II Vienna. The film is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its atmospheric cinematography, performances, and musical score. (Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which used only the zither; its title music “The Third Man Theme” topped the international music charts in 1950.)
Plata Quemada (Burnt Money), set in Argentina in 1965, follows the tumultuous relationship between two men who became lovers and ultimately ruthless bank robbers in a notoriously famous footnote in the annals of Argentinian crime history. It is based on Ricardo Piglia’s 1997 Planeta prize-winning novel of the same name, which was inspired by the true story of a notorious 1965 bank robbery in Buenos Aires.