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Ninotchka (1939) Poster

(1939)

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Ninotchka: We don't have men like you in my country.

Leon: Thank you.

Ninotchka: That is why I believe in the future of my country.

Leon: It's midnight. Look at the clock, one hand has met the other hand, they kiss. Isn't that wonderful?

Leon: Ninotchka, it's midnight. One half of Paris is making love to the other half.

Leon: I'll picket your whole country! I'll boycott you! No more vodka! No more caviar! No more Tchaikovsky! No more borscht!

Anna: Oh, that Burganoff. You never know if he's on his way to the washroom or the secret police.

Ninotchka: I should hate to see our country endangered by my underwear.

Comissar Razinin: This anonymous report was sent to me. They're dragging the good name of our country through every cafe and nightclub. Here: How can the Bolshevik cause gain respect among the Muslims if your three representatives Bujlianoff, Iranoff and Kopalski get so drunk that they throw a carpet out of their hotel window and complain to the management that it didn't fly?

Ninotchka: I must have a complete report of your negotiations and a detailed expense account.

Buljanoff: No, non, Ninotchka. Don't ask for it. There's an old Turkish proverb that says: If something smells bad, why put your nose in it?

Ninotchka: And there is an old Russian saying: The cat with cream on his whiskers had better find good excuses.

Ninotchka: Must you flirt?

Count Leon d'Algout: Well, I don't have to, but I find it natural.

Ninotchka: Suppress it.

Leon: A radio's a little box that you buy on the installment plan, and before you tune it in, they tell you there's a new model out.

Count Leon D'Algout: Do you like me just a little bit?

Ninotchka: Your general appearance is not distasteful.

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Ninotchka: Don't make an issue of my womanhood.

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Ninotchka: Why should you carry other people's bags?

Porter: Well, that's my business, Madame.

Ninotchka: That's no business. That's social injustice.

Porter: That depends on the tip.

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Ninotchka: The last mass trials were a great success. There are going to be fewer but better Russians.

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Iranoff: Do you want to be alone, comrade?

Ninotchka: No.

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Leon: A Russian! I love Russians! Comrade, I've been fascinated by your five-year plan for the last fifteen years.

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Ninotchka: What have you done for mankind?

Leon: Not so much for mankind... for womankind, my record isn't quite so bleak.

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Ninotchka: Let's form our own party.

Leon: Right. Lovers of the world, unite!

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Ninotchka: I'm so happy, I'm so happy! Nobody can be so happy without being punished.

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Iranoff: We can say whatever we want. We can shout! We can complain! Look: THE SERVICE IN THIS HOTEL IS TERRIBLE! See? Nobody comes, nobody pays any attention! That's freedom.

Buljanoff: That's bad management.

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Ninotchka: When I kissed you, I betrayed a Russian ideal. I should be stood up against the wall.

Leon: Would that make you feel better?

Ninotchka: Much better.

Ninotchka: I have paid the penalty.

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Ninotchka: The day will come when you will be free. Go to bed, Little Father, we want to be alone.

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Prologue: This picture takes place in Paris in those wonderful days when a siren was a brunette and not an alarm - and if a Frenchman turned out the light it was not on account of an air raid!

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Grand Duchess Swana: The morning after always looks grim if you happen to be wearing last night's dress.

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[Ninotchka is examining a map of Paris]

Leon: Pardon me, are you an explorer?

Ninotchka: No. I'm looking for the Eiffel Tower.

Leon: Good heavens, is that thing lost again? Oh, are you interested in a view?

Ninotchka: I'm interested in the Eiffel Tower from a technical standpoint.

Leon: Technical? No, no, I'm afraid I couldn't be of much help from that angle. You see, a Parisian only goes to the tower in moments of despair to jump off.

Ninotchka: How long does it take a man to land?

Leon: Now isn't that too bad? The last time I jumped, I forgot to time it.

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Leon: What kind of a girl are you, anyway?

Ninotchka: Just what you see. A tiny cog in the great wheel of evolution.

Leon: You're the most adorable cog I've ever seen.

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Russian Visa Official: Everything is in order. Enjoy your trip to Russia, Madam.

English Lady Getting Visa: Thank you. Oh, by the way, I've heard so many rumors about laundry conditions in Russia. Is it advisable to take one's own towels?

Russian Visa Official: Certainly not, Madam! That is only Capitalistic propaganda. We change the towel once a week.

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Russian Visa Official: To an unseen caller: "Hello! Comrade Kasabian? No, I am sorry. He hasn't been with us for six months. He was called back to Russia and was investigated. You can get further details from his widow."

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Ninotchka: [to Leon] I want to tell you something which I thought I would never say, which I thought nobody should ever say because I thought it didn't exist. And Leon, I can't say it.

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Ninotchka: As basic material, you may not be bad, but you are the unfortunate product of a doomed culture. I feel very sorry for you.

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Pere Mathieu, Cafe Owner: Now, what shall it be?

Ninotchka: Raw beets and carrots.

Pere Mathieu, Cafe Owner: Madame, this is a restaurant, not a meadow.

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Mercier: Frankly gentlemen, we're expected to take a loss.

Iranoff: Capitalistic methods...

Buljanoff: [nodding in agreement] They accumulate millions while taking loss after loss!

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