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Courtesy: Deutsches Institut für Filmkunde, Frankfurt/Studiocanal) render it a good export article, The Third Man showed a very diﬀerent city, presumably the “real” city: “meeting place and whirlpool of all the peoples of the European Southeast, today, an object of contention between the Super Powers, just like Berlin. 9 The popularity of The Third Man in Germany suggested to contemporary critics that German audiences were capable of absorbing and being ediﬁed by more “realistic” fare, fare that showed “the authentic face of the defeated … [where] no quick reconstruction ethos insinuates itself.
33 Though Der Abend was indeed a “communist” newspaper, one of several circulating in Austria at the time,34 it seems to have been critical of the ﬁlm less as a result of any overt representations of Cold War politics than of the representation of the city of Vienna, which to any Austrian publication would have signiﬁed the representation of high culture. The city’s aﬃliation with “high culture”—its music, history, art, and stage productions—were key aspects of its national identity, a source of international prestige as well as a point of contrast to the other major German-speaking city in Europe, Berlin, which was now associated with a history of militarism and defeat.
However, others appreciated the didactic value of Welles’s internationally co-produced ﬁlm, which coincided with the beginnings of the movement of the New German Cinema, a more confrontational eﬀort to engage questions of the past through ﬁlm. * * * 26 From Fidelity to History Overall, close attention to these three adaptations, understood as cultural events through the prism of reception, reveals highly charged political and ideological investments and calls attention to the ways the strategic cultural functions of adaptations change in diﬀerent cultural contexts, and rendered the cross cultural aspect explicit and highly political in the case of mid-century, Cold War West Germany.