TERRY GROSS and Roger Ebert

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					TERRY GROSS, host:

I've asked you each to bring a scene from a favorite film or at least a favorite scene. And I'd like to start, Roger, with the film you
brought. Maybe you could tell us what the film is and, of course, tell us why, of all the scenes in the world, you chose this one.

Mr. ROGER EBERT (Film Critic): Well, Terry, I had originally picked a different scene. I picked the scene with Orson Welles being
discovered by the cat in the doorway in "The Third Man." And then my esteemed colleague here pointed out that that scene doesn't
have any dialogue in it and so it probably wouldn't play very well on the radio.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of applause)

Mr. EBERT: We could have a kind of a United Nations translation: Okay, now Orson Welles is smiling at Joseph Cotten, you know.
So I granted Gene his point. It was a pretty good point.

(Soundbite of laughter)


And I thought a little harder, and I thought of my favorite passage of dialogue in the movies, and it's from "Citizen Kane," but I don't
want to tell you what it is. It's from "Citizen Kane." It's Mr. Bernstein, who is a person who has been, who began with Charles Foster
Kane. He was there before, as he says earlier in this same scene: I was there before the beginning, and now I'm here after the end.
And this is the speech that I like so much.

GROSS: Okay, let's watch it.

(Soundbite of film, "Citizen Kane")

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. EVERETT SLOANE (Actor): (as Mr. Bernstein) Who's a busy man, me? I'm chairman of the board. I've got nothing but time.
What do you want to know?

Mr. WILLIAM ALLAND (Actor): (as Jerry Thompson) Well, Mr. Bernstein, we thought maybe if we could find out what he meant by
that last words, as he was dying.

Mr. SLOANE: (as Bernstein) That Rosebud, huh? Maybe some girl? There were a lot of them back in the early days.

Mr. ALLAND: (as Thompson) It's hardly likely, Mr. Bernstein, that Mr. Kane could have met some girl casually, and then 50 years
later on this death bed remember.

Mr. SLOANE: (as Bernstein) Well, you're pretty young, Mr. Thompson. A fellow would remember a lot of things you wouldn't think
he'd remember. You take me. One day back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was
another ferry pulling in. And on it, there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I
only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all. But I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl.

(Soundbite of applause)

GROSS: Now tell us more about what thrills you about the dialogue in that.
Mr. EBERT: Well, I saw the movie for the first time in 1958, and there hasn't been a month go by since then...

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. EBERT: ...that I haven't thought about that dialogue because in one little speech in a popular Hollywood film written by Herman
Mankiewicz, you have the mystery of memory and of longing and of the fact that we are all, to some degree, alone and trying to
reach out to somebody else.

And then you have time. You're a young man, Mr. Thompson, he says. And the more I think about that, if you the more you think
about that speech, the more it's about the human condition. It's about the whole thing.

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