Onegin (1999) Poster


Ralph Fiennes: Onegin



  • Evgeny Onegin : [writing to Tatyana]  I can forsee the bitter scorn blazing at me from your proud eyes when you have read my secret sorrow. When we first met, through chance, I saw tenderness like a shooting star but did not dare to put my faith in it. Then Lensky fell, which parted us til further. Then I tore my heart away from everything I loved, rootless, estranged from all, I thought that liberty and peace would serve instead of happiness. My God, how wrong I was. How I have been punished. No, day by day to be with you, follow you everywhere, alive to every smile, each movement of your eyes, to dwell upon you soul's perfection, listen to your voice and grow faint with yearning. That is bliss and I'm cut off from it. My time is short, each day and hour is precious yet I just drag myself around in boredom. Everyday a desert unless when I wake up I know the day will bring a glimpse of you. If you but knew the flames that burn in me, which I attempt to beat down with my reason, but let it be. I cannot struggle against my feelings anymore, I am entirely in your will.

  • Evgeny Onegin : Can't you see where this leads? A declaration, a kiss, a wedding, family, obligation, boredom, adultery.

  • Evgeny Onegin : You interpret my heart, my nature, as you wish to believe it. In truth, I have no secret longing to be saved from myself.

  • Evgeny Onegin : If you but knew the flames that burn in me which I attempt to beat down with my reason.

  • Tatyana Larina : Oh God. It hurts.

    Evgeny Onegin : Why does it hurt?

    Tatyana Larina : Because you are too late. Yes, you are too late Evgeny.

  • Vladimir Lensky : Didn't I say don't be late?

    Evgeny Onegin : Yes.

    Vladimir Lensky : Then why are you late?

  • Evgeny Onegin : When will the devil take me?

  • Vladimir Lensky : And then you'll shoot me?

    Evgeny Onegin : Only if you're dull.

  • Evgeny Onegin : Or do you all gather round the piano and sing off key?

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