The Book & the Movie: The Third Man | Graham Greene / Carol Reed, 1949

The 3rd Man, 1950 / First Edition                                                                             Graham Greene, 1904-1991


“You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty 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 five hundred years of democracy and peace 
– and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”

Graham Greene, The Third Man, 1949


“I'm just a bad writer who drinks too much and falls in love with girls”


“I loved a man," she said. "I told you—a man doesn't alter because you find out more 
about him. He's still the same man.”

“We never get accustomed to being less important to other people than they are to us.”

Graham Greene, The Third Man, 1949


“For God's sake stop making people in your image. Harry was real. He wasn't 
just your hero and my lover. He was Harry. He was in a racket. He did bad things. 
What about it? He was the man we knew.”

Graham Greene, The Third Man, 1949




“What makes a man, without hope, cling to a few more minutes of existence?”



The Third Man, 1949
Director: Carol Reed
Cinematography: Robert Krasker
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli

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Carol Reed with Orson Welles on the set of The Third Man, 1949


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