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Enjoying “dual citizenship” with both the British Film Institute’s “BFI 100” and the American Film Institute’s list of “100 Years…100 Movies,” Carol Reed’s 1949 noir classic The Third Man sits pretty at No. 1 on the former and holds a respectable spot at No. 57 on the latter. The British-born director’s masterpiece managed to sneak its way onto the AFI’s list due to American executive co-producer David O. Selznick’s involvement with the film, but it was only one of three critically acclaimed collaborations between Reed and novelist and screenwriter Graham Greene. Both The Fallen Idol, starring Bobby Henrey as a boy who befriends his father’s butler, and Our Man in Havana, a spy spoof featuring Alec Guinness, also show as part of the AFI’s “Carol Reed Centennial”—which includes other noteworthy Reed films such as his Best Picture–winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver! and the rarely seen 1947 political thriller Odd Man Out. The retrospective runs though Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6700. See Showtimes for details. (Matthew Borlik)