The Hammer Museum will be closed on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 as we prepare for the public opening of the newly transformed Hammer Museum. Learn more about our celebration weekend

Still from the film "The Third Man" (1949)

The Third Man

SAT NOV 12, 7:30 PM

Copresented by the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Visit the exhibition Joan Didion: What She Means before the film.  Galleries will be open until 7:30 p.m.

Joan Didion counted Carol Reed’s tenebrous thriller, about a writer investigating the suspicious circumstances of a friend’s death in postwar Vienna, among her favorites. “It works at every level in a very clean economical way,” she once explained. “Anyone writing for the screen could learn a lot from the penicillin montage—it gives you the plot in a very short amount of screen time, yet when you actually analyze it, there are no details. Just images.”

(1949, dir. Carol Reed, 35mm, black & white, 93 min.)