Favorite line


Love the way Welles delivers this one:
"Maybe a man's name...doesn't matter...all that much"

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"The key doesn't symbolize anything; this is not that kind of movie."

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"It was a case of simple larceny. Well, maybe not simple; that year nothing was simple.... Least of all the larceny."




"When you pull a gun, kill a man!"

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"It's pretty but is it art? How is it valued? The value depends on opinion, opinion depends on the expert, a faker like Elmyr makes fool of the experts - so who's the expert? Who's the faker?"

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that killed me, the way he said "a ham sandwich." just saw this for the first time tonight. Fascinating.

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"Paris was suffering from August. This happens every year. It shuts down, closes up, and this is the time when an invader could take the country by telephone, if somebody would answer it."

This and the 'ham sandwich' line are great. It shows both how Welles can build up to a climax, and not disappoint even though the climax is absurdist and comedic.

"When all seems lost in the War of Light
Look to the stars... For hope burns bright!"

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"Reality is the toothbrush waiting at home for you in it's glass"

coupled with

"What we professional liars hope to serve is truth, I'm afraid the pompus word for that is art"



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" Ladies and gentleman, by way of introduction, this is a film about trickery, fraud, about lies."

I know, I know: the most obvious one. In all seriousness, this is my favorite not only because it's such a great line; it's in the way Orson Welles says it; the tone in his voice and even his body language. It's so enticing.

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“All the world loves to see the experts and the establishment made a fool of.”

Indeed.

I wonder what Welles might have done with the William Barrington-Coupe scandal (the man who faked the CDs of his wife, the pianist Joyce Hatto, from around 2003 until the revelation of the fraudulent recordings in 2007).

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