r/OldSchoolCool Oct 02 '22

Orson Welles , in the film "The Third Man" - 1949- this monologue was ad-libbed, and later the films writer, Graham Greene would refer to them as the best lines in the film.

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540 Upvotes

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u/MirandaTS Oct 02 '22

I always wondered how true the statement actually is, because it could be that we just don't hear about the great Swiss artists. (Also, the Germans invented the cuckoo clock.)

I'm still partial to:

MARTINS Have you ever seen any of your victims?

HARRY LIME You know, I never feel comfortable on these sort of things. 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.

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u/ToonaSandWatch Oct 02 '22

Truly one of the best noir films ever produced.

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u/TheKrytosVirus Oct 02 '22

Definitely. I did a paper on The Third Man and how it influenced The Departed a lot. So I had to watch both movies multiple times. Oh no! Poor me!

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u/ActionReady9933 Oct 02 '22

Orson was a genius

8

u/Zealousideal-Lie7255 Oct 02 '22

One of my favorite movies. If I stumble on it on TV I have to watch it.

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u/thestudlyscot Oct 02 '22

I want Kelsey Grammer to play him in the eventual biopic

9

u/FuckYouThrowaway99 Oct 02 '22

Tossed salads and scrambled eggs.

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u/hectorduenas86 Oct 02 '22

Who’s gonna be Cam Winston?

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u/zoepertom Oct 02 '22

Money plane

3

u/Remarkable-Cycle2025 Oct 02 '22

Great soundtrack

3

u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

This is a great movie, check your local library for a copy. Or buy/rent on youtube.

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u/SignComprehensive611 Oct 03 '22

Orson Welles was one of the most talented men of his day

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u/michelloto Oct 03 '22

I disagree with the sentiments of the line, but Welles was freaking brilliant; if you never heard his Mercury Theater production of War Of The Worlds, and the way he set it up, you are missing a masterpiece.

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u/dj_swearengen Oct 03 '22

On a visit to Vienna, I took a tour of sites where The Third Man was filmed. Of course some areas had changed, but the Ferris wheel is still there.

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u/teh_bad_speller Oct 03 '22

One of my all time favorites, such a great reveal character. And the tempo of score with the noir aesthetic was jarring

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u/Frunkleburg Oct 03 '22

BUT WHO IS THE THIRD MAN?!

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u/dj_swearengen Oct 03 '22

Harry Lime, of course

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u/Frunkleburg Oct 03 '22

Wrong, Hulk Hogan

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u/Splat_2112 Oct 03 '22

One of my faves but the music drives me nuts

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u/gwynsbooty Oct 03 '22

Yeah it felt so out of place when I first saw the movie but somehow it grew on me after a while.

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u/swollenpenile Oct 02 '22

chin the size of cansas on him

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u/Cadiz1664 Oct 03 '22

About as perfect of movie as you will ever see. I think it's now available in 4k which makes black and white films really look magnificent.

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u/throwawayLindaLavin Oct 03 '22

This movie looks good, the Harry Lime reveal is a great shot, this monologue is fun (though glib), I happen to like the music...but I just could not get into the story of this movie at all, and found it, overall, a bore. I don't know why.