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The Affair of the Necklace (2001) Poster

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[Nicolas, lying on a table in pain as a doctor tries removes the bullet from his behind]

Count Nicolas De La Motte: Goddamn! Goddamn! Are you digging for potatoes? Go easy!

Dr. Legear: I did not tell how to get this projectile where it is! Do not presume to tell me how to get it out!

[takes swig of drink and goes back to work]

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Jeanne St. Remy de Valois: [upon hearing her verdict] What ever fate awaits me, it cannot comp... compare to the pain I have... when all you hold dear is taken and you have nothing left, risk is of little consequence. And when a ray of hope came into view, I reached for it with all my might. I realise... I realise now that it is too late, that honor does not live in the name. It comes from what you carry in your heart. I realize, now that it is too late, that honor does not live in the name. It comes from what you carry in your heart.

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Marie-Antoinette: If you weaken the monarchy, you undermine the entire nation.

Jeanne St. Remy de Valois: You weakened yourselves long before a necklace became the issue.

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Jeanne St. Remy de Valois: In the eyes of God and the world, I wanted my life to be as it should have been.

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Jeanne St. Remy de Valois: When all you hold dear is taken, risk is of little consequence.

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Jeanne St. Remy de Valois: It is my family's home I wished returned.

Minister of Titles: That will never be tolerated!

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Rétaux de Vilette: What is there in a name that is worth your life?

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Marie-Antoinette: I shall give them what they want. I will sit here quietly in my disgrace. It's what they've always wanted!

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Count Nicolas De La Motte: [surprising Jeanne and Retaux] It's not everyday a man gets to view his wife making love from this vantage point.

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Cardinal Louis de Rohan: [to Jeanne] Unless I meet her majesty face to face, our arrangement is over.

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Jeanne St. Remy de Valois: [bravely] I have nothing to lose.

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Jeanne St. Remy de Valois: [about court life] Lechers and parasites! Is that are there is to be had?

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Count Cagliostro: [about Jeanne] Always on the outside looking in.

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Marie-Antoinette: [to Breteuil] Why do the people hate me? 'Wasn't always so.

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Count Nicolas De La Motte: [on hearing about the necklace plot] I knew something grand was a foot.

[pauses]

Count Nicolas De La Motte: You can rest assured I will be an asset to this venture.

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Cardinal Louis de Rohan: [to Jeanne, after meeting with the fake Antoinette] I know what you're up to. Antoinette is secretly in love with me. Deny it if you will, but don't ask me to play the fool.

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Minister Breteuil: To Jeanne, the whole of the necklace was not as glorious as what its parts could yield. It was a means to an end. And though I will not justify the actions of the young countess, I late came to understand her reasoning.

[pauses]

Minister Breteuil: Who does not aspire to take back what was taken from them? Who does not dream of returning home?

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Darnell de Valois: [outside, in the yard] Jeanne? You promised to take me for a horse ride today?

Young Jeanne: [later as they see guards approaching] Who are they father?

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Minister Breteuil: [to Louis about Antoinette wanting public vindication] The queen offers up a sweet plum before ravens. Pray none takes a bites.

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Rétaux de Vilette: [after learning that they are caught, pleading] Conspiracy was not all that held us together.

Jeanne St. Remy de Valois: [her back to Retaux, crying] Save yourself. I want you to.

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Minister of Titles: [voice over during Jeanne punishment] Voleur! The mark of a thief.

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[first lines]

Narrator: Napoleon wrote that military blunders and domestic catastrophes fanned the flames of the French Revolution. But the cu-de-gras was a curious palace scandal involving woman of nobility denied, a member of the royal family, and the most magnificent string of jewels in all of Europe. This notorious intrigue came to be known as, L'affaire du Collier.

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