Gus Van Sant paying homage to The Third Man in Mala Noche.

The Third Man // dir. Carol Reed

Huw Wheldon: The fact is, you’re in love with the movies, aren’t you?
Orson Welles: That’s my trouble! You see, if I’d only stayed in the theater, I could have worked steadily, without stopping for all these years. But, having made one film, I decided that it was the best and most beautiful form that I knew and one that I wanted to continue with. I was in love with it as you say, really tremendously so.

The Third Man // dir. Carol Reed

The Third Man // dir. Carol Reed

Carol Reed + Orson Welles on the set of The Third Man.

Carol Reed + Orson Welles on the set of The Third Man.

The Third Man // dir. Carol Reed

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.

The Third Man // dir. Carol Reed

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.

The Third Man // dir. Carol Reed

The Third Man // dir. Carol Reed

The Third Man // Carol Reed

The Third Man // Carol Reed