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Tea with Mussolini (1999) Poster

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Lady Hester: The Germans and the Italians couldn't get rid of us. There is absolutely no reason why we should surrender to the Scots.

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Lady Hester: Americans just simply don't understand picnics!

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Lady Hester: Do look. Oh, look! Look at that ridiculous American monstrosity they've given the child. What do they call them? Knickerbocker glories. Oh! It's amazing. They can even vulgarize ice cream.

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Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan: Why are you helping me? You always hated me.

Lady Hester: Because we're creatures from two different worlds, you and I. Because I have despised you. And you have laughed at me and the Scorpioni. And because in spite of all that, you've been very kind to us and kept it a secret. And because we've both been very foolish women. We've both trusted men who've turned out to be bastards.

Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan: Vittorio.

Lady Hester: And Mussolini.

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Lady Hester: Americans. They can even vulgarize ice cream.

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Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan: If I hadn't been there for you then, you wouldn't be here for me NOW.

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[first lines]

Title Card: Florence 1935.

Title Card: The love affair between the artistically-inclined English community and Florence was soon to be overshadowed by the clouds of war.

Title Card: But at the moment the sun is still shining on the squares and statues, and the dictator Mussolini is the gentleman who makes the trains run on time.

Connie Raynor: Excuse me, are you the Consul?

British Consul: Yes.

Connie Raynor: Connie Raynor of the Morning Post. I'm fascinated to know what His Majesty's Consul in Florence makes of it all?

British Consul: I can't believe your readers would be interested in our little ceremony.

Connie Raynor: Oh, they are. Since Mussolini, we can't get enough of Italy.

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British Consul: We live in an age of great dictators.

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Lady Hester: Arabella, you might love art, but art certainly doesn't respond to your affections.

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Giulia Meyer: I'm Giulia Meyer, a friend of Mrs. Morganthall.

Lady Hester: Oh, dear. I'm so sorry.

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Georgie Rockwell: Hester, Hester, come on, chin up.

Lady Hester: That's typically American. Keep out of trouble and tell other people to keep their chins up.

Georgie Rockwell: Come on, you never know. I may be joining you sooner than you think.

Lady Hester: Is that supposed to make me feel better?

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Georgie Rockwell: Better let ME tell you about the girls!

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[during Elsa's escape]

Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan: Are you trying to get rid of me?

Lady Hester: Absolutely.

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Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan: Why Hester, I didn't see you there.

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Lady Hester: Luca, is this true?

Luca: Yes, Lady Hester.

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