Thursday, June 23, 2005

Failure to communicate

In the Poynter article mentioned below, John McIntyre says: "The one area in which allusion appears to remain lively is the movies."

So get thee to a bloggery: Bill Walsh uses AFI's "100 greatest movie quotes of all time" to point out that people misquote a lot of movie lines they allude to.

For example, it's "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" Not "Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?" (From "The Graduate.")

And "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night," not ride. (From "All About Eve.")

Read more from Bill here.

UPDATE: A related correction (via Regrets the Error) from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Because of a page designer's error, a line from the movie "The Godfather" was misquoted in a chart on the front page of the Arts & Life section Tuesday. Marlon Brando, in the role of Vito Corleone, said: "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."
Anyone know what the mistake was?


At 7:40 PM, June 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me" line is from "The Graduate," not "Mrs. Robinson."
Howard Wolff
West Orange, N.J.

At 8:08 PM, June 23, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...

Thanks, Howard. Fixed now.


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