“A woman torn between a man and a memory.”
Rule Hitchcock Britannia!
“You may be a high mogul to yourself, Mr. Kirby, but to me you’re a failure — failure as a man, failure as a human being, even a failure as a father. When your time comes, I doubt if a single tear will be shed over you. The world will probably cry ‘good riddance’. That’s a nice prospect, Mr. Kirby.”
Did an unconventional structural design contribute to the World Trade Center collapse?
“I’m damn near fifty years old. What am I good for?”
“A childhood few could survive…A triumph you’ll never forget” (maybe not)
Hold up there, pilgrim.
“She’s in touble.”
“The most difficult thing — but an essential one — is to love Life, to love it even while one suffers, because Life is all, Life is God, and to love Life means to love God.” (Leo Tolstoy)
“I’m sorry. Not one room in the hotel. Olympic, you know.”
“What’s the worst that can happen? You die.”
Not quite The Great Escape…but few are.
“Why is it when I’m with you I always end up in the middle of blood and violence?” “Well it happens the whole city is full of blood and violence. You only see it when you’re with me.”
“Fine, I’m a murderer. And who are you?”
“As you can tell…I have a legitimate voice.” “Yes. Well, you see, I am looking for something a little more illegitimate.”
“It makes a man a little dizzy.” “What is it, sir?” “Having the central committee of the underground in the palm of my hand.”
Editor’s Note: This review is excerpted from Judge Barrie Maxwell’s Precedents column, René Clair: Three Releases in the Criterion Collection. For more details on the film, please refer to the column.
“I wanted my actors to behave as though they were living at the time, not as if they were wearing costumes.”
“If you don’t do it, you’re considered ‘out’.”
“…poor little lambs who have gone astray…”
“You don’t own it ’til it costs you something.”
“Opium…they’re just weeds. They’ll grow anywhere. They just happen to be the richest weeds in the world.”
“What are you trying to do?” “We’re trying to strap you in the electric chair, boy.”
“I don’t think I’ll let you arrest me today.”