When people talk about "The Third Man" they rarely cite Valli's contribution but I think she is unforgettable in the film and a key component to it's success. She is the only main character who is traumatically affected by Welle's actions and who will clearly never recover. Cotten's "Holly Martins" has had no real direction in life except that which his friendship made possible. "Anna" has sought a safe haven from the post-war's outrages and thought she found hope plus great love with Harry Lime, only to be crushingly brought down. Valli brings a bottomless sadness and loss to her role and her performance, after repeated viewings, has started to take precedence over the other characters, for me. Her remoteness from us and the other characters, except Harry, only adds to our fascination.