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De-Lovely (2004) Poster

(2004)

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Linda Porter: Is it me?

Gabe: No dear, it's too early for back stairs and love affairs.

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Cole Porter: I'm worried about you.

Linda Porter: You don't need to worry about me or your show. It's all taken care of. I'm in God's hands, the show's in yours. I do wish it were the other way around.

Cole Porter: If I can survive this movie, I can survive anything.

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Gerald Murphy: She said we live in castles that are made of sand.

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Gabe: Never open with a ballad, and never end on one.

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Cole Porter: An unmanned piano!

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Cole Porter: I'm making such a mess trying to say this, I'm glad I'm not trying to write it as a song.

Linda Porter: It would be a beautiful serenade.

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Cole Porter: Champagne? Or how do you want to play this? Comedy? Tragedy? Musical Comedy? Farce?

Linda Porter: Why don't we just... play?

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Cole Porter: [dressed as Caesar at a costume party] I'm being hailed.

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Cole Porter: I think we define "woman" differently. I don't define it as "punching bag", for example.

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Cole Porter: What is discretion but dishonesty dressed up in a little good breeding?

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Cole Porter: Miss Morrison. The line is "away we go" not "off we go", dear. You couldn't manage to make me hear you before and now that I can hear you, you've got it wrong.

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Linda Porter: I'm so sorry darling. I know how late I must be.

Cole Porter: Late? Linda you missed the whole thing.

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Linda Porter: This is something new. To be inconsiderate, to ignore your obligations.

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Cole Porter: You can sing this. The problem is you're not having any fun.

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Linda Porter: Thank you dearest.

Cole Porter: For what?

Linda Porter: For all of this. For our future. For being with me with Edward just now.

Cole Porter: That? That was just pest control. That's all.

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Linda Porter: Your song was absolutely delirious.

Cole Porter: Thank you. I'm never quite sure if they get the joke, especially when it's on them.

Linda Porter: You should learn to trust your audience.

Cole Porter: I trust it. I just wish I could expand it.

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Linda Porter: They love your song.

Cole Porter: Don't you?

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Cole Porter: We couldn't hear songs the same way anymore. The words sounded like code.

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Cole Porter: Monty! I didn't recognize you under all that hair!

Monty Woolley: We've all changed since school. At Yale the only grooms who interested you were in the stables.

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Cole Porter: I don't want to fight.

Linda Porter: I don't want to fight and I don't want to blame. But if things are going to be... different. I'd like to know.

Cole Porter: I'll tell you as soon as I know.

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Cole Porter: Good catch!

Linda Porter: I always thought so.

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Sara Murphy: Cole, I know this is your song but it doesn't sound like you.

Cole Porter: Linda thinks it does.

Sara Murphy: You should put it in the new show you're working on.

[Cole shakes his head]

Sara Murphy: Why not?

Cole Porter: Because it doesn't sound like me.

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Cole Porter: A few people may have been carried out of my shows but no-one's ever been carried in.

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Cole Porter: I have a little something for you. It's a whole new flower. A gentleman in Spain did it up for me. It's a hybrid of two varieties of rose thought to be completely incompatible yet look at it. It's perfect. The Linda Porter rose.

Linda Porter: Exquisite.

Cole Porter: Just a pale reflection of our life together.

Linda Porter: It wasn't all beautiful.

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Linda Porter: A friend Bobby Reed has been to see me with his... nefarious portfolio.

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Cole Porter: You were always my life-to-be.

Linda Porter: I remember that song.

Cole Porter: It was about you. They were all about you.

Linda Porter: Not all. But some I hope.

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Monty Woolley: Cole, he's only an actor but he still may be right. He's tried it 7 times already, the song's a problem.

Cole Porter: The song is not a problem, it's a challenge. Jack! Jack my boy, how can I help you? Ask me anything.

Jack: Write another song.

Cole Porter: Oh God, that cuts me right to the quick. I know it's God awful but it's the best I can do and we open in three days.

Jack: Where do you get your ideas?

Cole Porter: I get them all from a little Chinese man in Poughkippsie.

Jack: Mr Porter, the song goes so high and so low it's impossible.

Cole Porter: It's not impossible. I wrote this with you in mind, I can sing it and I have a range of three notes.

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Linda Porter: Where is he?

Cody: You may prefer privacy.

Linda Porter: I would not.

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Edward Thomas: My invitation didn't arrive.

Linda Porter: I would invite you to hell.

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Linda Porter: What's that?

Cole Porter: An idea for a song. I think this part would go well with I love you. What do you think?

Linda Porter: I think that would be beautiful.

Cole Porter: I do you know.

Linda Porter: You don't have to love me the way I love you Cole, just love me.

Cole Porter: It's so easy.

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Linda Porter: You knew so much about me when we met, don't you think I'd heard a thing or two about you?

Cole Porter: So you know that I... that I have other interests... interests some may see as unfair to you?

Linda Porter: You mean men?

Cole Porter: Yes, men.

Linda Porter: Let's just say you like them more than I do.

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Cole Porter: Two people who wanted too much from each other.

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Linda Porter: I admit I am partially responsible for all this because I have encouraged you, I have indulged you, and what for? Just a little music.

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Gabe: You loved her then?

Cole Porter: I said the words. I meant them.

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Linda Porter: We can be singular as a couple.

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Linda Porter: I think a change would be good for us.

Cole Porter: Yes.

Linda Porter: Yes we'll go?

Cole Porter: Yes it would be a big change.

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Linda Porter: I had no idea how hot the climate would be, everything grows wild here and the pickings are far too easy.

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Cole Porter: I really can't do this song justice. Wait til opening night, hear it sung properly.

Linda Porter: I think it sounds fine now, and I won't be there dear.

Cole Porter: Why not? Why wouldn't you be?

Linda Porter: You know the doctors honey, they're so boring.

Cole Porter: I wrote this for you. What's the point of doing it if you're not going to be there?

Linda Porter: That's why I want you to sing it for me now, all the way through.

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Gerald Murphy: Linda must be keeping Cartier in business!

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Linda Porter: I'll give this to you now, in case Monty has more producers for you to see.

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Linda Porter: You disappointed a lot of people last night.

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Linda Porter: Grace personified.

Cole Porter: Was that me? Because I really hadn't planned on sweeping you off your feet for quite a while.

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Linda Porter: Here comes trouble.

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Linda Porter: We've become such fast friends. I was hoping you might. He'd be a good companion for you.

Cole Porter: Linda?

Linda Porter: I don't want you to be lonely.

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Mrs. L.B. Mayer: It's an interesting song. Do you know it?

Linda Porter: Intimately.

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Linda Porter: Is everything in Hollywood connected with movies,

Louis B. Mayer: Everything good.

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Cole Porter: You see how far I'd go to win you back?

Linda Porter: I think you've gone *too* far this time, but I ought to be used to it by now.

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Cole Porter: Non-stop fun.

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Cole Porter: You're playing with my life.

Gabe: It's my show.

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Cole Porter: Why does Linda come back to Cole?

Linda Porter: Because he's Cary Grant. And she misses the music as do I.

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Cole Porter: Did somebody die?

Gerald Murphy: I think it was us Cole.

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Cole Porter: And chorus, keep those consonants crisp. We don't want the audience to think you're saying "an annoying opening for an ugly show". They'll come to that conclusion on their own.

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Linda Porter: Oh my goodness. Could you be any more wonderful?

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Cole Porter: Linda, what were you thinking? You couldn't have lost it.

Linda Porter: I had hoped not.

Cole Porter: What do you mean?

Linda Porter: Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Definitively nothing. Shall we go? I'd hate to compound the felony by making us late for the party, that would be something too hard to b-

[stands up and gasps]

Cole Porter: What's wrong?

Linda Porter: Nothing, it's just a little thing. Not like missing an opening night or a party, just a little thing that... stopped growing.

Cole Porter: Oh, my sweet girl. I'm so sorry.

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Cole Porter: Isn't that Linda Lee Thomas with Sara?

Gerald Murphy: I don't know.

Cole Porter: It is, just as they described, the most beautiful divorcée in Paris. My God, she's ravishing.

Gerald Murphy: Is this going to be another Cole Porter obsession without preliminaries?

Cole Porter: Obsessions don't have preliminaries.

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Linda Porter: Which one's Cole Porter?

Sara Murphy: You see the one standing up, being so serious about being playful? That's my husband Gerald. The one playing and not being serious at all? That's Cole Porter.

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Edward Thomas: Don't turn your back on me Mrs Thomas.

Linda Porter: How amusing! As I recall that was the position you most favored.

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Linda Porter: Cole's not like you. He creates, you destroy and as you can see you're a failure even at that.

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Linda Porter: [her dying words] I don't know how long I can stay. Would you mind terribly if I went a little early?

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Cole Porter: I really can't do it justice. Wait until opening night, hear it sung properly.

Linda Porter: I think it sounds fine now. And I won't be there dear.

Cole Porter: What? Why wouldn't you be?

Linda Porter: You know the doctors.

Cole Porter: I wrote this for you. Why play it if you won't be there?

Linda Porter: That's why I want you to play it for me now. All the way through.

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Cole Porter: Mr Thomas, you have the most peculiar sense of timing.

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Linda Porter: You don't have to love me the way I love you Cole. Just love me.

Cole Porter: That's so easy.

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Linda Porter: You knew so much about me when we met Cole, don't you think I'd heard a thing or two about you?

Cole Porter: Then you know that I... that I can be... that I have outside interests the pursuit of which may seem unfair to you?

Linda Porter: You mean men?

Cole Porter: Yes, men.

Linda Porter: Let's just say you like them more than I do.

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Cole Porter: There are no little memories with you.

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Linda Porter: Ellin says lrving is having a great run in Hollywood. The Gershwins are there...

Cole Porter: You want me to leave at the top of my game?

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