Play It Again Sam

: That's quite a lovely Jackson Pollack, isn't it?

Museum Girl
: Yes, it is.

: What does it say to you?

Museum Girl
: It restates the negativeness of the universe. The hideous lonely emptiness of existence. Nothingness. The predicament of Man forced to live in a barren, Godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void with nothing but waste, horror and degradation, forming a useless bleak straitjacket in a black absurd cosmos.

: What are you doing Saturday night?

Museum Girl
: Committing suicide.

: What about Friday night?

We've been watching a lot of movies.
Sitting in our chair. With our ottoman now in position.
We've been watching a lot of movies that we already know.

Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.

Hugh Fennyman:: So what do we do?

Philip Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.

Hugh Fennyman: How?

Philip Henslowe: I don't know. It's a mystery.

And, finally, one line which has made it into our everyday lexicon -
Whenever someone around us proclaims that they are shocked regarding some turn of events, one of us says, strongly and firmly: I'M SHOCKED, SHOCKED TO FIND THAT GAMBLING IS GOING ON HERE...

As in:

Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?

Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
[a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]

Croupier: Your winnings, sir.

Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.

Captain Renault:[aloud] Everybody out at once!

There is small, strange comfort in knowing exactly what will happen next, on the screen, when one may not be so convinced things 'will all turn out right in the end' in real life.

After all...

Philip Henslowe :[aloud] The show must... you know...

William Shakespeare:
[prompting him] Go on!


BabelBabe said…
Hugh Fennyman: I'm, uh... I'm the money.
Ned Alleyn: Then you may remain so long as you remain silent.

I LOVE that movie.
Poppy B. said…
What movie is it? (The others I got.)
Anonymous said…
Off-topic alert! I opened a Christmas gift book to an author photo that immediately called to mind your a series of pictures of men and women with great craggly faces: Doris Lessing.

Happy New Year! :)
Anonymous said…
Some of my favorite movies.

In "Casablanca," nobody ever says "Play it again, Sam."
blackbird said…
We did know that -
but it's the title of the Woody Allen movie anyway...
Anonymous said…
which in fact is not a woody allen movie. he didn't direct it. though i believe he wrote the play (not screenplay, actual play ) that it is based on.

but yes, I love it as well.

kt said…
Oh, all the best quotes!

We do the Capt. Renault line at every opportunity, as well. It's almost always fitting.
Anonymous said…
Hi, I'm delurking to leave you this link because it's pretty hilarious and it seemed like something you'd like. - Pachelbel Rant
Suse said…
That line "I don't know. It's a mystery" is in our family lexicon too.

My favourite film ever.

(also the line "talk in prose, Will!")
Anonymous said…
Anon was right. Herbert Ross directed "Play It Again Sam" even though Woody stars in it & wrote both the play & the screenplay(check it out on

Now, about those other movies--what are they? I don't recognize them from the quotes so I probably haven't seen them(which is amazing since I do watch lots of movies but many I'm sure that aren't kid friendly since I'm single). Thanks in advance for the answers!
blackbird said…
I never said that Woody Allen directed Play It Again Sam...
The other movies are Shakespeare In Love and Casablanca.
Anonymous said…
yes i know you didn't say woody directed it, i was just verifying the info out of my own curiosity from what anon said.

oh, i have seen both those movies, i just didn't recognize the quotes by themselves. thanx