Simply among the greatest movies ever made. It’s on TV tonight and I watch it again and again and it never ceases to amaze and even thrill me.

Everything about it from the dialogue to the music, to the scenes of Vienna after the war.
Alexander Korda the Great Hungarian/English producer’s most famous and successful movie. Directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene and the music of Anton Karas who Reed found as an unknown zither player in Vienna in 1949.

the most famous scene where Joseph cotton and Orson wells are at the top of the giant ferris wheel and Wells as Harry Lime says:

Remember what the fellow said…

“…in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed, but they produced Michaelangelo – Leonardo Da Vinci, and the Renaissance…

In Switzerland, they had brotherly love. They had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce?…The cuckoo clock. So long, Holly.”

Anton Karras-Third Man theme

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