- 1. Come on, calm down.
- 2. You'll feel better now.
- 3. What am I going to do?
- 4. Tommaso Garani, room 103.
- 5. OK. Seventh floor.
- 6. Wait here a second.
- 7. Doors closing! Please select
the floor you wish to visit.
- 8. Excuse me.
- 9. The telephone is out of order.
- 10. I don't know how to make it work.
- 11. Would you mind...?
- 12. Could you tell the operator downstairs?
- 13. But...
- 14. He's drugged with morphine,
but he's awake.
- 15. - You can go in.
- Are you going to operate on him?
- 16. We have decided against it.
It would be futile at this stage.
- 17. Please excuse me.
- 18. Tommaso, are we disturbing you?
- 19. Come in, my dear.
- 20. Lidia.
- 21. - Hello, Tommaso.
- How are you?
- 22. The operation was successful,
but the patient died.
- 23. Sit down.
- 24. What news do you have? I hear your
book is out today. Are you pleased?
- 25. - Please, let's not talk about it.
- Why not?
- 26. It's important. Your book
is the one thing that really matters.
- 27. Lidia, why don't you sit down?
You can smoke if you like.
- 28. No, thank you. I'm not tired.
- 29. I've brought you "L'Europa Letteraria"
with your article on Adorno.
- 30. I've already got a copy. What do you
think? Shall I add it to the book?
- 31. I think it's very good. I went through it
quickly, so I need to read it again.
- 32. Of course you should add it.
It will be a great book.
- 33. Yes. I should give it some thought.
- 34. I haven't had much time to think about it
over the past few days
- 35. and yet this is the first time
I've been off work in three years.
- 36. My holidays are quite ironic!
- 37. Lidia, you look very well.
- 38. Marcella wanted to come, too,
but I thought...
- 39. Quite right.
I don't want to see anyone.
- 40. There are times
when you don't want to pretend anymore.
- 41. With you, it's different, though.
I was expecting you to come.
- 42. I can see things more clearly now.
- 43. I regret spoiling many of your evenings
with my presence
- 44. in your lovely home.
- 45. It's your home, too, you know.
- 46. Yes, I know.
- 47. You realise so many things
when you're on your own.
- 48. You realise that
there's still so much to do.
- 49. Maybe I was watching from the sidelines
something I should have been a part of.
- 50. I lacked the courage to go all the way.
- 51. I often cheer myself up thinking
I probably wasn't clever enough anyway.
- 52. If that's true, then I should give up
writing and look for another job.
- 53. - I think you're being coy.
- Self-criticism is good.
- 54. It helps you to reassess things
and grow in confidence.
- 55. You bought it? I was going
to bring you a copy.
- 56. Not only did I buy it,
I've also started reading it.
- 57. I've only read 50 pages so far.
- 58. I hope they'll let me finish it.
- 59. There are some very good parts,
like the bath episode.
- 60. It's definitely the best bit, unless
morphine has warped my judgement.
- 61. Morphine makes everything
- 62. Then it must be the morphine.
- 63. Do you really think it's good?
- 64. Yes, Giovanni.
- 65. You'll end up being very successful.
- 66. Yes, and I'll come to a sticky end.
- 67. The advantage of a premature death
is that you escape success.
- 68. - Ah, my mother.
- Good morning, Madam.
- 69. How are you, Tommaso?
- 70. Poor mother, seven hours on a train
on her own.
- 71. And now she can't even sleep
because she has to keep me company.
- 72. - Today is Saturday, isn't it?
- Yes, it's Saturday.
- 73. Tell me about you.
Who have you seen lately?
- 74. Hardly anyone lately.
- 75. Always the same people.
Everything's so difficult at the moment.
- 76. We spend our time in the car
trying to get to places. It's no fun.
- 77. We're almost always at home.
- 78. What about your trip to Greece?
- 79. - Well...
- We haven't decided yet.
- 80. - It was your idea, when you're better.
- Treat me like a friend, not an ill person.
- 81. I know how this will end.
- 82. I'm sorry.
- 83. I've told my publisher
what to do about my royalties.
- 84. After all, he's the one paying for here.
- 85. No, it's nothing. I'm sorry.
- 86. Don't tire yourself.
- 87. Shall I call the nurse?
- 88. - Or shall we go?
- No, please stay.
- 89. Quite a place, isn't it?
- 90. It's everything I dislike in terms of style.
I never thought I'd end my days like this.
- 91. I feel like a fraud.
- 92. Hospitals are becoming
more like nightclubs.
- 93. People want to have fun
until the very end.
- 94. Ah, the champagne.
- 95. Thank you.
- 96. It's at times like this that
one has a craving for champagne.
- 97. I don't like it,
but suddenly I feel like some.
- 98. They weren't surprised.
- 99. It's stimulating, it's good for you.
- 100. Excuse me, I've never dared
to ask you your name.
- 101. My name is Elena.
- 102. Elena, thank you.
Will you have a drink with us?
- 103. No, thank you.
Don't tire yourself talking.
- 104. She's not a nurse,
just a beauty to boost morale.
- 105. Yet beauty is depressing
in certain circumstances.
- 106. - Giovanni, will you pour it?
- 107. Only for me? What about Lidia?
- 108. No, thanks, Tommaso.
I'd rather not.
- 109. Giovanni, don't let me drink alone.
- 110. - Champagne, Mother?
- A little bit.
- 111. I have to go, Tommaso.
You stay, Giovanni.
- 112. I have to go.
I'll come again tomorrow.
- 113. - Don't you want to go, too?
- I'll stay a little longer.
- 114. Bye, Lidia.
- 115. Goodbye. See you tomorrow.
- 116. They are my only real friends, Mother,
the others are just acquaintances.
- 117. They're good people.
Giovanni's a famous writer.
- 118. If they ever visit you one day...
- 119. You must go and visit.
- 120. give them the room
overlooking the orchard.
- 121. If that's your wish,
I promise we'll go.
- 122. I think they're giving me water,
- 123. - How was that concert?
- I didn't go.
- 124. Do you have a match?
- 125. No, a match.
- 126. Please, get up.
- 127. I could do without this book party.
- 128. - If you're too tired, I can go on my own.
- No, I'm fine.
- 129. - Are you not tired?
- Well, a little tired, perhaps.
- 130. I have to tell you something
that may upset you.
- 131. Do you have to?
- 132. Yes. Something happened
at the hospital. Something unpleasant.
- 133. I saw that girl again.
- 134. - What girl?
- The one in the corridor.
- 135. At first I couldn't make out
what she wanted.
- 136. Did you go into her room?
- 137. She was like a wild animal.
I was carried away.
- 138. - Why did you call it "unpleasant"?
- It was hideous.
- 139. At first I thought I'd provoked it.
The nurses came in.
- 140. It's good material for a novel.
You can call it "The Living and the Dead".
- 141. - Is that all you have to say?
- What shall I say?
- 142. That you did something vile?
That you disgust me?
- 143. I understand, you were overwhelmed.
Let's not talk about it, do you mind?
- 144. Maybe that girl's happy now.
- 145. Why?
- 146. Because she's irresponsible.
- 147. - There were Piero, Giacomo, Marta.
- 148. So this guy...
But there was never...
- 149. Good morning. How are you?
Good morning, Madam.
- 150. This is my wife.
- 151. Hi, Bompiani. How are you?
- 152. - Good morning. Congratulations.
- Thank you.
- 153. - Hello.
- This is the anteroom of fame.
- 154. We've all had to wait.
- 155. - Sign a copy for our Nobel Prize winner.
- I'd like to.
- 156. Here's a pen.
- 157. I'm honoured.
- 158. - Do you always sign on the left?
- 159. - Do you open your books on the left?
- 160. - That's interesting.
- 161. - For your future as well, in my opinion.
- 162. I count on it.
- 163. - Now one for my collection.
- For you, "In friendship".
- 164. - Very well.
- You'll learn to write dedications.
- 165. - What are you writing now?
- 166. - What a shame.
- After you've finished writing a book...
- 167. - Where is he?
- How I'd love to write a book.
- 168. Thank you.
- 169. I don't understand. He says he is crazy,
can you believe this?
- 170. What's the matter? Come here.
Why are you crying?
- 171. - Hi.
- 172. - Are you not coming to the seaside?
- No, I'm too busy.
- 173. - I'll give you a call.
- 174. - Give my regards to Lidia.
- 175. - Sir, your post.
- Thank you.
- 176. - My wife isn't back yet, is she?
- 177. - Has she called?
- 178. - Shall I serve dinner?
- No, you can go. I'll wait.
- 179. Wait here.
- 180. Stop it! Stop it!
- 181. Wait.
- 182. That's enough.
- 183. Do you still want me to wait? Fine.
- 184. - Can I go?
- Yes, go.
- 185. - The wind's strong up there.
- It is indeed.
- 186. It reaches 3000 metres.
- 187. - Would you like to go to the moon?
- Not really.
- 188. Lidia?
- 189. - Hi, Giovanni.
- Hi, Lucia.
- 190. - Have you seen Lidia?
- No, I thought you were out.
- 191. I'm fed up. Paolo has a cold,
and we can't leave town.
- 192. - I'm sorry to hear that.
- Ask Lidia to call round.
- 193. She's not home. I thought
she might be with you.
- 194. - No, I haven't seen her for days.
- Thanks and sorry for bothering you.
- 195. Bye.
- 196. Hello?
- 197. It's you.
- 198. - Where are you?
- I'm in Sesto San Giovanni.
- 199. In the same old field,
- 200. kids are still firing rockets.
You'd like it.
- 201. They shoot up ever so high. It's beautiful.
- 202. No, don't worry. Nothing's wrong.
- 203. No. For goodness sake,
I'm telling you it's nothing.
- 204. Come and pick me up, will you?
- 205. And hurry.
- 206. If you're meeting someone,
there's a little hotel nearby.
- 207. No, thank you.
- 208. I can lend you an evening dress.
I'll describe it to you.
- 209. It's low-cut and has a wide skirt.
If you wear it with tights...
- 210. And if you wear it with an underskirt...
- 211. - How much is it?
- 900 lira.
- 212. - Thank you.
- You're welcome.
- 213. If you wear it with a bow
and a tight corset...
- 214. Our programme continues
with more music...
- 215. Why did you come here?
- 216. I just happened to be over this way.
- 217. Come here.
- 218. How strange, it hasn't changed at all.
- 219. It will, before long.
- 220. - They were over there.
- 221. The boys with the rockets.
They're gone now.
- 222. This line was in use when we lived here.
- 223. Giovanni.
- 224. Would you pass me the sponge?
- 225. Listen, Giovanni.
- 226. I'm tired of staying in.
- 227. - Let's go to the Gherardini's.
- Anywhere to get out.
- 228. Of course, let's go.
- 229. - What does he want from you?
- Who knows? He barely knows me.
- 230. - Will there be many guests?
- I suppose so.
- 231. Every millionaire wants his own
intellectual and he's picked you.
- 232. Can you pass me that?
- 233. There you go.
- 234. - A new dress?
- 235. - What's wrong?
- Would you zip my dress up?
- 236. - Let's not go to Gherardini's party.
- Why not?
- 237. I'd rather we went somewhere by
ourselves. I want to spend time with you.
- 238. If you like.
- 239. What is it?
- 240. - Watching you amuses me.
- What's so amusing?
- 241. I don't know. Sometimes you seem
so controlled when you are with me.
- 242. Nonsense.
Look at her, she's not bad at all.
- 243. - Do you remember?
- You're really trying to distract me.
- 244. Please, don't belittle me.
I have my own thoughts, too.
- 245. What are they now?
- 246. I don't have a thought at the moment...
but I'm expecting one.
- 247. I can feel it coming.
- 248. Here.
- 249. Did the thought come?
- 250. - Yes.
- Is it a nice thought? Tell me.
- 251. Why not?
- 252. Where's Gherardini's villa?
- 253. In Brianza, about half an hour's drive.
- 254. Life would be tolerably agreeable
if it were not for its amusements.
- 255. An inspiration?
- 256. I no longer have inspirations,
- 257. Won't you tell me
what you were thinking?
- 258. Later. Well, shall we go
to the Gherardini's?
- 259. Why have you changed your mind?
- 260. I don't know.
One must do something.
- 261. - Can I have the bill?
- Yes, sir.
- 262. - Are they all dead?
- Let's hope so.
- 263. Who here would read
- 264. Pontano, isn't it? So nice of you
to come. I've heard so much about you.
- 265. We're celebrating
the horse's first victory.
- 266. It's my daughter's horse.
- 267. - What's his name?
- Volfango. He's so good.
- 268. From your books,
I expected you to be old and grey.
- 269. Have you read them?
- 270. Do I look too frivolous?
Come, I'll introduce you.
- 271. Let's introduce ourselves
as we meet people.
- 272. Let's do this, then.
Just a general presentation.
- 273. Lidia!
- 274. - Hello, Berenice.
- Do you know each other?
- 275. Lidia and I have hated each other
from the cradle.
- 276. - This is my husband.
- Nice to meet you.
- 277. Pontano, we meet at last.
- 278. - Let these two catch up.
- 279. Antonio, let him rest now!
- 280. - No, he's so sweet.
- Not if he doesn't sleep.
- 281. - But it's his party, after all.
- He's only two years old.
- 282. Let him rest.
This lot will teach him bad habits.
- 283. Antonio, go.
- 284. Don't stare at me like that.
I know I'm showing signs of ageing.
- 285. You've improved a lot, you know.
- 286. You used to be so plain.
You don't mind me saying that, do you?
- 287. I've heard it many times.
- 288. You're behaving like a tart.
- 289. Are you married?
- 290. I live alone.
I was born to be alone.
- 291. I'm too sensitive,
as my dentist used to say.
- 292. Do you still hang around
- 293. I never see you around.
- 294. We don't go out very much.
Tonight is an exception.
- 295. The pool looks beautiful.
- 296. Remember Grimaldi? I still see her.
- 297. Please... let's forget the past.
- 298. - Let's have some music.
- OK, let's go.
- 299. There are 3,000 roses here.
- 300. - See, they have a different hue at night.
- Do roses sleep?
- 301. Yes, all night long.
- 302. Antoine, the shears.
- 303. Thank you.
- 304. We need to find
the most beautiful one for you.
- 305. - There you go.
- Thank you.
- 306. Isn't it beautiful? It's starting to open,
and it's the same colour as your lips.
- 307. Antoine, tell Filippo to arrange them,
everyone else makes them look funereal.
- 308. Look who's arrived.
- 309. - Good evening.
- I'm so glad you came.
- 310. - Haven't we met before?
- Yes, we have.
- 311. - I can't remember where, though.
- Me, neither.
- 312. Aren't you enjoying yourself?
- 313. - Should I jump into the pool?
- Naked or dressed?
- 314. - Would you like one?
- No, thank you.
- 315. I've heard so many good things
- 316. - Who designed this place?
- Vietti. Do you like it?
- 317. Cesarino! Where are you?
- 318. - I'm here, sir.
- Show this gentleman around.
- 319. - Thank you.
- This way, please.
- 320. It's a shame that in the evening you can't
see the park very well, it's beautiful.
- 321. I'm going to Sweden.
On my boat, of course.
- 322. - Your boat?
- It's rather big, you know.
- 323. - Good evening, Berenice.
- Good evening.
- 324. - He's awfully rich. He must own millions.
- I see.
- 325. Look, Roberto's here.
Do you know him?
- 326. - No.
- Shall I introduce you to him?
- 327. - No, are you kidding?
- He's a great man. I'll go and get him.
- 328. Roberto!
- 329. Stop sending me postcards.
- 330. I'm green with envy.
- 331. - How are you?
- Not bad.
- 332. - I've only just got back.
- From your holiday?
- 333. - It was a business trip.
- I'll bet!
- 334. Well, maybe...
- 335. I know, but this is not
a good enough answer for me.
- 336. - Would you like some dinner?
- Later, thanks.
- 337. Look who's here.
Our patroness from Rome.
- 338. Mr Pontano, this is Marquise Gentili.
She works with orphanages.
- 339. Do you smoke?
- 340. I will have one.
Everyone smokes here in Milan.
- 341. Miss Resy, do join us.
- 342. - Can I introduce you to Mr Pontano?
- Good evening.
- 343. Giovanni Pontano?
The author of that great book?
- 344. Excuse us.
We have a few things to discuss.
- 345. - One of the best books ever written.
- You are too kind.
- 346. I adore it, I really do.
I'm your greatest admirer in Italy.
- 347. Here it is.
- 348. - You must allow me that privilege.
- Why not?
- 349. I'd like a novel about a woman
who loves a man,
- 350. but the man doesn't love her.
- 351. But he does admire her intelligence,
- 352. They live together...
But how could such a story end?
- 353. In so many ways.
- 354. She'd have to be a strong woman,
who can sacrifice herself.
- 355. She sacrifices herself
for another woman's happiness.
- 356. Why does she sacrifice herself?
- 357. I don't know.
It makes me want to cry.
- 358. What are you doing here?
Why don't you mix with the others?
- 359. Yes, I will in a moment.
- 360. Do you find it interesting here?
- 361. So and so. Why is it that
you never seem to enjoy yourself?
- 362. I am enjoying myself.
- 363. There's a girl over there
enjoying herself alone, too.
- 364. She's the one reading
- 365. She's pretty, too.
- 366. - I'm going.
- Commendatore, I'll see you soon.
- 367. Where are you going?
- 368. - Everything all right, Pontano?
- I'm afraid I don't know anyone here.
- 369. So, as I was saying to you, my friend.
- 370. It's absurd to talk about wealth.
No one's wealthy now.
- 371. But if anyone is still thinking
of becoming rich,
- 372. my advice is,
don't obsess over money.
- 373. I've always looked upon my businesses
as works of art.
- 374. Their financial profit
was almost immaterial.
- 375. The important thing
is to create something lasting.
- 376. But not everyone can create
- 377. Please, do you mind?
- 378. The thing that sustains a writer,
like you, Pontano,
- 379. is a sense of necessity,
not a need for profit.
- 380. You write because it's necessary
for you and for others...
- 381. - But one has to live.
- I never worried about that.
- 382. Life is what you make of it
with your own resources.
- 383. What would you do
if you couldn't write?
- 384. A few years ago he would have killed
himself. Now I don't know. Tell us.
- 385. I don't feel that important.
- 386. Perhaps there are other ways.
- 387. Isn't writing an irrepressible
but antiquated instinct?
- 388. A lonely craftsman putting
one word after another.
- 389. The job can't be mechanised.
- 390. Do you believe all that?
- 391. No. But you have the advantage
of real people,
- 392. you create real houses, real cities.
- 393. The pace of life is in your hands.
Maybe even the future is.
- 394. This is a black day for my husband.
- 395. You're right.
- 396. Are you one of the many
worrying about the future?
- 397. I'm building my own,
although the present keeps me busy.
- 398. Probably the future will never come.
- 399. The future will be awful,
don't you think?
- 400. By the way,
why don't you stay here tonight?
- 401. - Darling, you're always interrupting me.
- I'm sorry. Shall we go?
- 402. Carry on. You were saying the future
may never come. Let's go.
- 403. That's right. Please, take a seat.
- 404. Who knows what the future holds?
- 405. Maybe our privileges will vanish.
A good thing, too.
- 406. When I was young,
I imagined a world like this
- 407. and set out to create such a future.
- 408. Would you like a drink?
- 409. - Yes, I'll have a Cognac.
- 410. He's been staring at that statue
- 411. Who knows what he's thinking?
Maybe he's waiting for it to wake up.
- 412. Cats are strange.
- 413. A glass of white wine, please.
- 414. - Go away, Resy. Leave me alone.
- 415. Excuse me for a moment.
- 416. - Look who's here. My flirt.
- Hi, darling.
- 417. Guido, how are you? Thank you
for coming. Have you lost weight?
- 418. - Do you think so?
- What have you done?
- 419. Can you find me someone
I can play with?
- 420. - Won't I do?
- No. Too old.
- 421. - I'd get younger if I played with you.
- I don't want to get younger.
- 422. Why?
- 423. Why? Tell me.
- 424. I'd have won.
The compact must stop on the last row.
- 425. What's the prize?
- 426. Make a wish and tell me
if you win.
- 427. My name is Valentina.
- 428. Valentina.
Do you often lose this game?
- 429. I've just invented it.
- 430. - Once, I lost everything.
- What game was that?
- 431. You have to have seven points to win.
- 432. I'll cut to the chase,
I came here to talk to you.
- 433. - Good shot, but too ruthless.
- You're right.
- 434. - I'm scared.
- Come on.
- 435. That was not ruthless enough.
- 436. Show me what you can do.
- 437. Perfect!
- 438. - One for me!
- Wait, it's my turn now.
- 439. Sure.
- 440. Too long.
- 441. - One of the stones has fallen out.
- Really? I'm sorry.
- 442. It can't have gone far, can it?
- 443. It was here that it fell off.
- 444. - Maybe it rolled into the garden.
- That's a good one.
- 445. Never mind, it was only a ruby.
- 446. Do you enjoy acting the cynic?
- 447. No.
- 448. Watch this, I am going to aim
for that square. It's so difficult.
- 449. Here goes.
- 450. There it goes, look!
- 451. - I almost made it.
- 15,000 on Valentina!
- 452. 20,000 on Pontano!
- 453. - 60,000 on Pontano!
- Come on now, you can't be serious.
- 454. If you do this, I won't play.
No, I'm out.
- 455. You only worry about losers.
- 456. A typical intellectual.
Egoistic, but compassionate.
- 457. This isn't a racetrack,
and don't take me for a horse.
- 458. - Is there a friskier horse?
- Yes, there is!
- 459. I wish to enquire about Mr Garani.
- 460. When?
- 461. Ten minutes ago?
- 462. Was his mother with him?
- 463. Valentina,
- 464. I'm rather disappointed.
- 465. In me?
- 466. How can I put that right?
- 467. Shall we read a few pages together?
- 468. That would be one way
of getting closer.
- 469. - Are you craving for affection?
- Aren't you?
- 470. I withdrew from the game,
you must claim your prize.
- 471. Let me savour it a little longer.
- 472. But don't forget.
- 473. My memory seems to get worse
- 474. - Bye, see you tomorrow.
- Bye, darling.
- 475. - Ignazio, are you leaving, too?
- I am. Thank you for the nice evening.
- 476. - It's late and you need to go to bed.
- I am not going to bed.
- 477. - He's the one who has to get up early.
- Good night.
- 478. - Good night.
- Good night.
- 479. - Good night, Daddy.
- Bye, darling.
- 480. I'd like a word.
- 481. - Ignazio, I'll see you tomorrow night.
- 482. - Listen, Mama...
- What is it, darling?
- 483. Pontano, I've got a proposition for you.
I could use a man like you.
- 484. - What for?
- A cultural initiative for my employees.
- 485. I want a better relationship between
workers and the management.
- 486. Do you know why?
- 487. They don't know the firm's history
and my role in it. Let's sit down.
- 488. I want a press, advertising
and public relations department,
- 489. with a special section
- 490. devoted to internal relations.
- 491. - I want our company's history written.
- By me?
- 492. Yes, but not only this.
I'd like you to become an executive.
- 493. - A full-time job?
- That's right.
- 494. Wouldn't you like to be with us
and work for the company?
- 495. May I ask what you are earning
at the moment?
- 496. I don't know.
- 497. Your wife comes from a wealthy family,
- 498. True, but I have my own money,
and I contribute to many publications.
- 499. I see.
- 500. Wouldn't you like to be independent?
- 501. In what way?
- 502. Think it over.
It's our policy to pay top salaries.
- 503. Look what my cousin brought me
- 504. A wallet, with a dollar inside.
- 505. You see, the dollar gets everywhere.
- 506. All alone, Mrs Pontano?
- 507. These writers...
- 508. Isn't it beautiful here?
- 509. - Where are you going?
- I won't be long.
- 510. It could have gone better.
If Cariglia hadn't got ahead...
- 511. And I couldn't catch up.
- 512. It was your mistake. If you'd got ahead
earlier, you would have easily won.
- 513. I had to stay back.
- 514. - Have you seen Miss Gherardini?
- No, I haven't.
- 515. - Thank you.
- You're welcome.
- 516. It's easier said than done.
When you have orders to follow...
- 517. Would you like to dance?
- 518. Yes.
- 519. - You can't dance.
- 520. - It's raining!
- Let's all go into the swimming pool.
- 521. This is great!
- 522. No, are you crazy?
- 523. - Don't be afraid. Come on!
- Stop it!
- 524. Look! Look at her!
- 525. - I'm going in!
- You're going to catch a cold!
- 526. Me, too! Me, too!
- 527. - She is crazy!
- What are you talking about?
- 528. Don't play around.
- 529. Giovanna, come on, strip!
- 530. - Where are we going?
- Get in the car.
- 531. The stock exchange is rising.
All the political speculation...
- 532. Bye, Mimi. You're really beautiful.
- 533. What's happened?
- 534. Angelo! Bring some candles, please.
- 535. Touch me, see, I'm all wet!
- 536. - Giulio? Giulio, where are you?
- Stop it!
- 537. Wait a moment. Let's talk.
Tell me something.
- 538. I'll tell you a bedtime story later.
- 539. Pretend I'm in bed.
- 540. No, later. I'll tell you about a hermit,
an intellectual, of course.
- 541. He drank only dew,
until he came to the city,
- 542. where he tasted wine and
became an alcoholic. How's that?
- 543. I'd like a true story about you.
- 544. - Worse has happened to me.
- I wish I could understand writers.
- 545. - What's your name?
- Friends call me Resy.
- 546. - You want to understand only writers?
- No, others, too.
- 547. I think you'll have your hands full.
- 548. - See you later.
- 549. I'm sorry, I can't.
- 550. At least I'm clever enough
not to break up a marriage.
- 551. Now spend the rest of the evening
with your wife.
- 552. But it was she who sent me to you.
- 553. Never mind.
It's my prize from your game.
- 554. It's so dark. How can I find her?
- 555. I felt miserable this evening,
- 556. but our game cheered me up.
- 557. Now the misery is creeping back,
like a melancholic dog.
- 558. - Have you got a cigarette?
- No, I smoke cigars.
- 559. I'll get my own.
- 560. - Angelo.
- Yes, Madam.
- 561. - Bring more candles.
- Yes, Madam.
- 562. I think we still have
some things to say.
- 563. Of course.
- 564. I think love restricts a person.
- 565. It creates misunderstanding all around.
- 566. But not within.
Even novels are sentimental now.
- 567. I see, you're gathering material tonight.
- 568. The way I feel, I don't know
if I'll ever write again.
- 569. I know what to write,
but not how to write it.
- 570. It's called a crisis,
it's very common among writers today.
- 571. But in my case,
it's affecting my whole life.
- 572. You're just weak, like me.
- 573. Why are you telling me this?
I may not understand.
- 574. After all, I like golf, tennis,
- 575. cars and parties.
- 576. Is that all you want in life?
Don't you like other things, too?
- 577. Yes. Everything.
- 578. Could you help me?
- 579. - Promise not to make fun of me?
- I promise.
- 580. I heard snatches
of television dialogue...
- 581. "If I were you, I wouldn't do that, Jim."
- 582. After that, the howling of a dog
- 583. rising effortlessly,
in perfect misery.
- 584. Then I thought I heard a plane.
- 585. Then silence... and I was happy.
- 586. A garden's silence is made of sounds,
press your ear to a tree and listen.
- 587. The sounds may be within us,
I'd rather think it's the tree.
- 588. The silence is broken
by an alien noise
- 589. disturbing my peace.
- 590. I closed the window, but the noise
persisted, it was too much for me.
- 591. I don't want useless sounds,
I want to select them.
- 592. Voices and words... there are
so many words I'd rather not hear,
- 593. but you must resign yourself,
like floating on the waves of the sea.
- 594. May I listen to it again?
- 595. - I've erased it. It was drivel.
- Why are you being like this?
- 596. Because mine is not a calling
that I can't ignore.
- 597. Mother says scribbling indoors
ruins the complexion.
- 598. - It's a sin to waste such intelligence.
- I'm not intelligent. I'm alert.
- 599. I'm happy to observe things
without having to write.
- 600. Last year I went to the States
to see Julia.
- 601. - Who's Julia?
- A hurricane.
- 602. We may meet more often, Valentina.
Your father has offered me a job.
- 603. Last year I thought
I was in love with a boy...
- 604. Something must be wrong with me,
but it will pass.
- 605. Whenever I try to communicate...
- 606. - Was that when you lost everything?
- 607. Why work for my father?
Surely you don't need the money.
- 608. No?
- 609. What you need is a girl,
for a fresh start.
- 610. Not a girl.
- 611. You.
- 612. - Don't be afraid.
- I'm not.
- 613. You see? It's ridiculous.
- 614. How can he sleep?
Anything could happen...
- 615. - Nothing ever happens.
- Yes, but I hate seeing time wasted.
- 616. You'll give me a heart attack.
- 617. My darling, my darling.
- 618. You are so sweet.
- 619. My darling,
look how small and sweet it is.
- 620. Come to my room and dry yourself.
- 621. - Bye, Roberto!
- Good night.
- 622. How prosaic. Sandwiches at this hour.
- 623. D'Annunzio's turtle died of colic
after eating flowers.
- 624. It's true, but you don't believe me.
- 625. I'll get you a towel.
- 626. You should take your dress off.
- 627. Listen, Valentina...
isn't that your name?
- 628. Stop fussing over me and tell me
what you have in mind?
- 629. Please spare me this complicity.
- 630. I'm sure that's not in your nature.
- 631. I've nothing in mind. Dry yourself
or stay wet, but don't go on about it.
- 632. - Our writer doesn't drink?
- No, thank you.
- 633. One day, in Venice,
- 634. I was dining
with that American author...
- 635. - The one who hunts elephants...
- 636. Now there's a man for you.
A real artist.
- 637. I said to him,
"My dear Hemingway, I like you.
- 638. "One of these days,
I'll visit you in Cuba."
- 639. Do you know what he said?
"If you do, I'll shoot you."
- 640. There's a man who knows his business.
- 641. Earns what he likes.
Millions of dollars.
- 642. Even an intellectual can't scorn that.
- 643. It's hard to say
what an intellectual might scorn.
- 644. My boy, never despise money.
- 645. Our time, sir,
- 646. is vile and anti-philosophical,
afraid to take a stand on values.
- 647. As for democracy, in a nutshell,
it means: take things as they come.
- 648. I respect that quotation,
but it's offensive here.
- 649. - Why is that?
- Because he said it complacently.
- 650. The author, on the other hand,
wrote those words in despair.
- 651. It's the words that count,
not the intentions.
- 652. - Shall I tell you what happened?
- Skip it.
- 653. Fine. I'm not much good at confessions.
- 654. I wonder what I am good at?
Not love, not vices.
- 655. I've plenty of vices,
but I hardly practise them.
- 656. I don't even like whisky.
- 657. I think I've found the vice that suits me,
it's warm and it's good.
- 658. How old are you?
- 659. 22... plus many, many months.
- 660. You don't know what it is
to feel the weight of years, in vain.
- 661. I just feel like dying.
- 662. An end to this agony, something new.
- 663. - It may be nothing.
- Yes, it may be nothing.
- 664. Let's go.
- 665. I don't feel jealous,
in spite of what I said.
- 666. Not at all.
- 667. That's the trouble.
- 668. I hope we'll see you again.
- 669. - Perhaps you'll invite me over?
- In September, after your holiday.
- 670. This year I won't be back until later...
- 671. You've exhausted me, the pair of you.
- 672. Do you mind if we go this way?
- 673. Take no notice.
I'm just crying because I'm silly.
- 674. Let's not go home just yet.
- 675. Want to hear a good one?
Valentina's father has offered me a job.
- 676. - Will you accept it?
- I don't think so.
- 677. Why not? It's a good opportunity.
Your life would be your own at last.
- 678. I called the clinic. Tommaso is dead.
- 679. When? Why didn't you tell me?
- 680. You were playing.
Was he really your good friend?
- 681. He was much more to me.
- 682. He convinced me, despite myself,
that I was cleverer than I am.
- 683. He spent days
trying to make me study,
- 684. even though I wasn't interested.
I was concerned with my problems.
- 685. His persistence nearly drove me mad.
- 686. I began to hate him for it.
- 687. He never talked about himself.
Only me... me...
- 688. And I never understood.
- 689. I thought so little of myself.
- 690. When we're young, we're so stupid, we
can't imagine things coming to an end.
- 691. You talked only about yourself.
- 692. That was something new for me,
I was so happy with it,
- 693. that nothing in the world
was more beautiful.
- 694. Because I loved you. You, not him.
- 695. That's why his affection irritated me
and flattered you.
- 696. Isn't that true?
- 697. Yes, but not much.
He was so vulnerable.
- 698. I feel like dying,
because I no longer love you.
- 699. That's why I'm desperate.
- 700. I wish I was old, and that
my life's dedication to you was over.
- 701. I wish I no longer existed,
because I can't love you!
- 702. That's the thought which came to me
- 703. in the nightclub,
when you were so bored.
- 704. But if this is true,
if you wish you were already dead,
- 705. it means you still love me.
- 706. No, it's only pity.
- 707. I never gave you anything.
I was completely unaware.
- 708. I go on wasting my life, like a fool,
- 709. taking without giving,
or giving too little.
- 710. If you mean I haven't much to give,
you may be right.
- 711. I used to spend afternoons
reading in bed.
- 712. Tommaso would call and find me there.
- 713. He could have kissed me.
I wouldn't have resisted, out of boredom.
- 714. But he was satisfied to watch me
as I read.
- 715. All those purposeless books.
- 716. 200 pages a day.
I read so quickly.
- 717. I've been selfish.
- 718. Now I realise that what we give to others
comes back to us.
- 719. Do they think their music
will improve the day?
- 720. Lidia, let's settle this.
- 721. Let's try to hang on to something
we're sure of.
- 722. I love you.
- 723. I'm sure I'm still in love with you.
What more can I say? Let's go home.
- 724. When I awoke this morning,
you were still asleep.
- 725. As I awoke,
I heard your gentle breathing.
- 726. I saw your closed eyes,
beneath wisps of stray hair
- 727. and I was deeply moved.
- 728. I wanted to cry out, to wake you up,
but you slept so deeply and soundly.
- 729. In the half light,
your skin glowed with life
- 730. so warm and sweet
I wanted to kiss it,
- 731. but I was afraid of waking you up.
- 732. I was afraid of you
being awake in my arms again.
- 733. Instead, I wanted something no one
could take from me, mine alone,
- 734. this eternal image of you.
- 735. Beyond your face
I saw a pure, beautiful vision
- 736. showing us in the perspective
of my whole life,
- 737. all the years to come,
even all the years past.
- 738. That was the most miraculous thing,
- 739. to feel, for the first time,
that you had always been mine.
- 740. That this night would go on
- 741. united with your warmth,
your thoughts, your will.
- 742. At that moment, I realised
how much I loved you, Lidia.
- 743. I wept with the intensity
of the emotion.
- 744. For I felt
that this must never end,
- 745. we would remain like this
all our lives,
- 746. not only close,
but belonging to each other
- 747. in a way that nothing
could ever destroy,
- 748. except the apathy of habit,
the only threat.
- 749. Then you awoke and, smiling,
put your arms around me, kissed me,
- 750. and I felt there was nothing to fear.
- 751. We would always be as we were
at that moment,
- 752. bound by stronger ties
than time and habit.
- 753. Who wrote that?
- 754. You did.
- 755. No... I don't love you anymore.
- 756. You don't love me, either.
- 757. Don't say anything.
Don't say anything.
- 758. Say it.
- 759. No, I won't say it.