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7 years ago  ::  Nov 23, 2007 - 11:40AM #1
mytmouse57
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My personal favorite:


"We train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders won't allow them to write f**k on their airplanes because... It's obscene!"

Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), "Apocalypse Now."
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 23, 2007 - 2:57PM #2
steppewanderer
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A a couple of lines from The English Patient have always stuck with me for some reason:

"The heart is an organ of fire."

and

"It's a very plum plum."

~~both lines spoken by Ralph Fiennes' character, Count László de Almásy.
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 23, 2007 - 10:42PM #3
Pam34
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Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops!

- Arsenic and Old Lace
Blessed are You, HaShem, Who blesses the years.
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 24, 2007 - 2:41PM #4
Merope
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[QUOTE=steppewanderer;89531]A a couple of lines from The English Patient have always stuck with me for some reason:

"The heart is an organ of fire."

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[COLOR="Navy"]That's a wonderful line, isn't it?  It's verbatim from the book, and I'm glad it was worked into the film. [/COLOR]
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 24, 2007 - 2:50PM #5
Merope
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[COLOR="Navy"]I can usually only think of the smart-ass, flip lines.  Among my faves of this type are:

"F*ck homework" from Female Trouble.

"The cheaper the hood, the gaudier the patter" from The Maltese Falcon.  I don't know whether this line is original to Chandler or to Huston's screenplay.  It sounds very Chandleresque, though :-)

"The nut alibi" from one of the Thin Man movies, used to describe the insanity defense.

"Shall we serve the nuts? I mean, serve the guests the nuts?"  from the first Thin Man movie, when Nick and Nora have all the suspects over for dinner.

"National Yellow Park" from Sullivan's Travels, used to describe Yellowstone National Park.[/COLOR]
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 25, 2007 - 3:35PM #6
steppewanderer
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[QUOTE=Merope;91445][COLOR="Navy"]That's a wonderful line, isn't it?  It's verbatim from the book, and I'm glad it was worked into the film. [/COLOR][/QUOTE]


Yes, it is wonderful.  There are so many wonderful images that come to mind from the film.  When Juliette Binoche is hoisted up on a rope to look at the murals painted on a ceiling, and she has this candle in her hand and this fascinating expression on her face -- such a striking image!  Some of the desert scenes were remarkable, too.

Michael Ondaatje is a superb writer.  I saw a performance of The Collected Works of Billy the Kid at the Toronto Free Theatre long, long ago.  That was pretty cool, too.  After that, I think I read everything he wrote.
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 25, 2007 - 3:46PM #7
MarleneEmmett5
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Steppewanderer:
Here's a line from one of my hubby's favourite films~ The Four Seasons.
It was said by Carol Burnett to Alan Alda during a fight in a hotel room.
Alan called Carol " perfect"
"You're perfect" Carol as his wife replied
"Don't ever call me perfect~  cause when you call me perfect I cease to exist"!
"I'm far from perfect"

Another favourite line is from the Broadway play "Sleuth"
"Love is the game~ and Marriage is the Penalty"
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 26, 2007 - 5:27AM #8
Merope
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[QUOTE=steppewanderer;93229]Yes, it is wonderful.  There are so many wonderful images that come to mind from the film.  When Juliette Binoche is hoisted up on a rope to look at the murals painted on a ceiling, and she has this candle in her hand and this fascinating expression on her face -- such a striking image!  Some of the desert scenes were remarkable, too.



I[COLOR="Indigo"] don't think the viewing of the murals scene played out exactly that way in the book, if I'm remembering correctly.  But it worked well in the movie. 

It's been a long time since I've seen the film, though.  I saw it at a Swords to Ploughshares benefit, so Minghella was there, and so was Binoche.  I think I sat next to Walter Murch and his wife.  All by way of saying that my recall of the film ends up being kind of side-tracked and occasionally overshadowed by that somewhat star-studded evening :-)  I do reread the book from time to time, though.[/COLOR]


Michael Ondaatje is a superb writer.  I saw a performance of The Collected Works of Billy the Kid at the Toronto Free Theatre long, long ago.  That was pretty cool, too.  After that, I think I read everything he wrote.[/QUOTE]

[COLOR="indigo"]I've not seen or read any of his other work.  I think I'd like to, although I find The English Patient quite harrowing in many ways.  Is his other work as intense as English Patient?[/COLOR]

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 26, 2007 - 1:05PM #9
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[QUOTE=Merope;94383]I've not seen or read any of his other work.  I think I'd like to, although I find The English Patient quite harrowing in many ways.  Is his other work as intense as English Patient?[/COLOR][/QUOTE]

I suppose he is a fairly intense sort of writer.  Some other books of his that I remember enjoying are:  Anil's Ghost, In the Skin of a Lion, and Coming Through Slaughter.  That said, I haven't read any of these recently, so I won't trust my memory too much as to content.

The screening you saw of The English Patient sounds pretty awesome!  Almost like being in the presence of royalty!
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7 years ago  ::  Nov 26, 2007 - 11:21PM #10
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"Fill your hands, you son-of-a-bitch!" - John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.  Me, I'm a liberal-almost-socialist anti-war anti-gun peacenik, but my guilty pleasure happens to be John Wayne movies.  Go figure. :D
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