“You know, I’m from a different time, young man, a dark time to you. I’m from a time that I didn’t even used to know who was on the phone until I answered the shit!”
“Stalin had an electric teapot that he operated himself. A round table, located between two of the four windows, held his multiple black telephones (made by Siemens)…”
"So, how much do you want for this "priceless" item?"
(after discussing how Shichiroji managed to survive the last battle they fought together)
Kambei Shimada: As a matter of fact, I'm preparing for a tough war. It will bring us neither money nor fame. Want to join?
"Now imagine you don’t see the conductor, you can’t see the orchestra, you can’t see the way the bow is moving, and you hear that! And that irritated many commentators, many critics, because what’s going on, there is no pulse, there is no rythme, there is no… EXACTLY! That’s the point! Wagner is trying to create a sense of remoteness, musically, of place, of time, of remoteness that has nothing to do with our everyday world."
Joe: "This is like the anti-ambitious story, it's like the anti-preparation story; super successful nevertheless!" Rob: "Yes, I guess the goal was just being vague with people."
Joe: "Be vague and look cool." Rob: "And act like you don't care!"
"I mean that that is the chracteristic of Wagner's men and women - the woman leads the way, the man rhapsodises."
Arnold (on his wedding day): "The more I got into it the more nervous I got, it was an experience. But it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it very much." Johny: "I always had"… "One of those things you never forget!"
"We actually explored the idea of doing a comedy film about Jesus, you know, with all the jokes about someone trying to book a table for twelve at the last supper."
"But as you know, there is so many of our problems today where one side has monopolised the language, so heretical thoughts have become inexpressible; and this was beautifully caricatured by Orwell in 1984; but, you know, I was just reading an article in a French journal about the way in which Macron’s speeches all conform to the syntax of 1984!"