07 August, 2008

The Third Man

In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, 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.
Actually those 500 years of democracy and peace in Switzerland produced a great deal more than that, including Leonhard Euler and, if I'm not mistaken, the world's best watches. That's the beauty of the quote, though: Harry Lime doesn't really care about the truth; he cares only about himself.
You're just a little mixed-up about things in general. Nobody thinks in terms of human begins. Governments don't. Why should we?
I don't know what else to say about The Third Man except to watch it. You'll get to see late 1940s Vienna, or perhaps a studio mockup of it, in black-and-white.

Another wonderful film I saw recently is Sweet Land, a low-budget, independent film from a couple of years ago. A romantic comedy in the true sense of the word "romantic". My wife loved it, too, so I'm not lying.

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