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THE THIRD MAN
"What do you believe in?"

SETTING THE SCENE  Accused (rightly) of murdering children to make a fast buck with poisoned vaccine, Harry Lime, perhaps the smoothest villain in cinema, offers his infamously callous reply...

Harry Lime: I still do believe in God, old man. I believe in God and mercy and all that, but the dead are happier dead. They don’t miss much here, poor devils. What do you believe in?... don’t be so gloomy. After all, its not that awful. Remember what the fella said. In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and 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?

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