In October, a group of Graham Greene devotees and The Third Man fanatics enjoyed a long weekend visit to Vienna led by the undisputed expert on the Austrian capital’s connections with that eponymous film, Dr. Brigitte Timmermann. The party were able to bask in late summer weather as they visited a number of sites around the city which featured prominently in the film which this year marks the 70th anniversary of its making and of Greene’s visit in February 1948.
Among the sites visited were the Vienna Central Cemetery, the Prater Park, Zsolnay (Greene’s publisher), the famous sewers, Sievering, once a small wine-growing village in the foothills of the Vienna woods where Carol Reed discovered Anton Karas and old Vienna’s cobbled lanes and courtyards in the vicinity of St. Rupert, Vienna’s oldest church. On the Friday afternoon, the group were given tea at the British Ambassador’s Residence which was followed by a zither recital. There were also opportunities for the group to visit the Schonbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to experience Mozart’s Missa Solemnis in C Major with organ, soloists and orchestra in the magnificent surroundings of the Baroque Jesuitenkirche.