The Third Man

I just got back from seeing The Third Man on campus tonight. If you haven’t seen it yet, do try to rent it. There’s something so wonderfully decadent about post-war Vienna accompanied by that amazing score of zither music.

Black Market shenanigans, sinister characters, an innocent American confused by it all (Joseph Cotten), and Orson Welles as the marvelous Harry Lime — a villain of charm and wit. It’s a fun movie and very interesting for its time.  And did I mention that score? Director Carol Reed dumped the traditional musical score and just had Anton Karas playing the zither. There’s something hypnotic about the use of this music and it sets the movie apart from most mainstream films.

And how can you not love Harry Lime’s speech? Let me leave you with this unique view of life:

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


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