Third Man (film at the Cut)

Trevor Howard, Orson Wells, that music, the zither. Harry Lime. And the cookoo clock quote. So missed Bob, he would have enjoyed seeing this film again, seen all sorts of things in it that I didn’t and once again i would have marvelled as his sight.

As the policeman arrest the woman, he reminds her:
‘Your lipstick Madam’.

“You have your pretentious honesty”

“Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.

“Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs – it’s the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I

Graham Greene – Catholic beliefs (you used to believe in God), good and evil, fascination with storytelling, with men in flight and pursuit, with life lived on the dangerous edge of things.

Setting corrupt, politically divided Vienna. Harry Lime, the anti-hero who fakes his own death and makes his home in a Viennese sewer. Leader of the gang peddling adulterated penicillin in Vienna. Ends with the dull, perplexed leading man being silently snubbed by the beautiful, unsmiling heroine in a deserted cemetery.

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