On April 4, Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan will host a screening of the 1949 classic, The Third Man, one of his film favorites from his book, Not to Be Missed: 54 Favorites from a Lifetime of Film. Written by Graham Greene and staring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton and Alida Valli, this British suspense-mystery, which takes place in Vienna after WWII, is an undisputed masterpiece. The film was also selected to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Orson Welles’ birth, which is being celebrated this year. Turan will talk about his book and the film, answer questions, and be on hand after the movie for a book signing.
The event begins at a special starting time of 4:00 pm. The admission price is $10 for everyone. A limited number of tickets are available for advance purchase on brownpapertickets.com.
Kenneth Turan is film critic for the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide and the Times’ book review editor. Turan is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He teaches film reviewing at USC and is on the board of directors of the National Yiddish Book Center. In addition to Not to Be Missed he has authored Free for All: Joe Papp, the Public and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told, Never Coming To a Theater Near You and Now In Theaters Everywhere. He is the coauthor of Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke.
Turan discovered film as a child left undisturbed to watch Million Dollar Movie on WOR-TV Channel 9 in New York, a daily showcase for older Hollywood features. It was then that he developed a love of cinema that never left him and honed his eye for the most acute details and the grandest of scenes.
His Not To Be Missed: 54 Favorites From A Lifetime of Film embraces a century of the world’s most satisfying romances and funniest comedies, the most heart-stopping dramas and chilling thrillers. The book blends cultural criticism, historical anecdote, and inside-Hollywood controversy.