White Hunter, Black HeartDVD - 2010
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You're wrong, kid. It's not a crime to kill an elephant. It's bigger than all that. It's a sin to kill an elephant. Do you understand? It's a sin. It's the only sin that you can buy a license and go out and commit. That's why I want to do it before I do anything else in this world. Do you understand me? Of course you don't. How could you? I don't understand myself.
And Clint loves the word "swell":
What have you been up to?
- Skiing and sitting in the sun.
Isn't that swell?
Do you really like it?
-Well, darling, it's swell.
Isn't this just swell... dining with a beautiful lady right in the middle of Africa?
You see, we're gods, Pete. Lousy little gods who control the lives of the people we create. We sit up in some heavenly place and decide whether they live or die... on the merits of what happens to them in reel one, two, three, et cetera. And then we decide if they have the right to live. And that's how we arrive at our ending.
-Well, that's what you say, John. But I say I'm a swell god. I say they should live because of everything they've gone through together. This world doesn't necessarily have to be a hopeless and rotten place, John. We're not all destined and doomed to die of radium poisoning. Now, I might be completely wrong... but that's what makes me a swell god.
That makes you a flea on an elephant's ass.
Things are always good if they're left simple.
-No, not always.
Always. That's what creates truly important art, is simplicity.
-John, there are no rules to art.
There are hundreds of rules. Hemingway understood that. That's why he always reduced life to its simplest terms. Whether it's courage, fear, impotence, death. People's lives just sort of unfold, and things just happen to them one thing after another. They were never bogged down with that nonsense of subplot... that we sweated over in the past. Stendhal understood that. Flaubert. Tolstoy. Melville. Simplicity is what made them great. No, Pete. Don't complicate it. You'll just be wasting your time.
Well, Pete, there's an old saying: "God makes a man before he kills him."
-I've heard it, John. I've heard it. But I don't think it applies in this case. You're beating the audience over the head, John. People don't go to see pictures to be lectured to.
"There's been silence for hours now. She's sitting on the back, reading the Bible. He's still working on the engine. Finally he says, 'Miss, I'm sorry I got drunk. I apologize. What more can a man do than say he's sorry?'
She says, 'It's not only your drinking I'm upset about. You promised to go downriver. '
He says, 'Miss, listen to me and understand. There's death a dozen times over down that river. '
She says, 'You promised. '
He says, 'I'm taking the promise back!'
Silence. She picks up the Bible, starts reading again, completely ignoring him. Now he can't take the silence any longer.
Finally he says, 'All right, miss. You win... which I'm sure the crocodiles will be happy to hear. Down the river we go. "'
How many chances does a man get?
-That's never a reason to do something wrong.
What are the drums saying?
-They're telling everybody what happened, that's all. The bad news. It always starts with the same words.
- What are they?
White hunter. Black heart.
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill
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