The Third Man dir by Carol Reed in 1949
Starring Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins
Orson Welles as Harry Lime
Alida Valli as Anna Schmidt
The Third Man 1949
“I never knew the old Vienna before the war, with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm”…”I really got to know it in the classic period of the Black Market” (Holly)
[Him dying like that] “It was the best thing that ever happened to him...He was about the worst racketeer that ever made a dirty living in this city...You could say that murder was part of his racket.” (Holly)
“I knew him for twenty years, at least I thought I knew him. Suppose he was laughing at fools like us all the time?” (Holly)
(Harry on Ferris Wheel).
“Look down there. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever?”
“In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long, Holly.” (Harry)
Harry: Victims? Don't be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax - the only way you can save money nowadays.
Harry: 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.
Anna: Poor Harry.
Holly: Poor Harry? Poor Harry wouldn't even lift a finger to help you.
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