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The Mirror Cracked…

The funfair has often featured as a key location in cinema, largely because of its ability to combine the threat of fun with something darker and more menacing. From the empty, windswept hall of mirrors that closes The Lady From Shanghai to the deserted, boarded up palace of ghosts depicted in Carnival of Souls, the funfair is often a place of violence, vengeance and abandoned dreams. Much like cinema itself. The funfair sequence in The Third Man is one of the great moments in screen history. Welles famously improvising a speech about the futility of humanity, and thus revealing his own overt greed and lack of compassion. The funfair is a little like a one of the famous mirrors in its darkened galley, take a look. But you may not like what is reflected back at you…