Ninotchka (1939) Poster


Ina Claire: Grand Duchess Swana



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

  • Swana : Oh, I'm so bored with this face. I wish I had someone else's face. Who's face would you have if you had your choice? Oh, well, I guess one gets the face one deserves.

  • Swana : Oh, it's pretty hopeless. There may be a chance, that's all. The French Government has recognized Soviet Russia and he doubts that they will risk a war for my poor sake. He might be able to make up some kind of a case. But, it will cost money. Money! Money! That's all they're interested in - those lawyers.

  • Grand Duchess Swana : Isn't it amazing? One gets the wrong impression of the new Russia. It must be charming. I'm delighted conditions have improved so. I assume this is what the factory workers wear at their dances?

    Ninotchka : Exactly! You see, it would have been very embarrassing for people of my sort to wear local gowns in the old Russia. The lashes of the Cossacks across our backs were not very becoming. And you know how vain women are.

    Grand Duchess Swana : Yes. You're quite right about the Cossacks. We made a great mistake when we let them use their whips. They had such reliable guns.

  • Grand Duchess Swana : Have you forgotten our first commandment? Never complain, never explain. Now, it's worked so often and so perfectly in the past. Let's not break the rule. And please don't look so guilty!

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