Toles, George. 2012. “Adding up the gestures: what we see of Harry Lime.” Cinema Journal 51, no. 3: 142-149.
Toles analyzes the antagonist of The Third Man (1949), Harry Lime, arguing he is an allegory for Hitler and Stalin, among others. Lime behaves in the same despotic way during peace as during war, and thus his character is a manifestation of the anxiety audiences in the post-World War II era harbored about their leaders and the decisions those leaders make.