Dancer in the Dark (2000) Top Quotes and Review
Selma has emigrated with her son from Central Europe to America. The year is 1964. Selma works day and night to save her son from the same disease she suffers from, a disease that inevitably will make her blind. But Selma has the energy to live because of her secret! She loves musicals. When life feels tough she can pretend that she is in the wonderful world of musicals…just for a short moment. All happiness life is not able to give her she finds there by Fredrik Klasson
Selma: [singing] This isn’t the last song, there’s no violin, the choir is quiet, and no one takes a spin, this is the next to last song, and that’s all…
Selma: You like the movies, don’t you?
Bill Houston: I love the movies. I just love the musicals.
Selma: But isn’t it annoying when they do the last song in the films?
Bill Houston: Why?
Selma: Because you just know when it goes really big… and the camera goes like out of the roof… and you just know it’s going to end. I hate that. I would leave just after the next to last song… and the film would just go on forever.
Jeff: You can’t see, can you?
Selma: What is there to see?
Selma: In a musical, nothing dreadful ever happens.
Jeff: [referring to Gene] Why did you have him? You knew he would have the same disease as you.
Selma: I just wanted to hold a little baby.
Selma: I listen to my heart.
Jeff: I don’t understand. In musicals, why do they start to sing and dance all of a sudden? I mean, I don’t suddenly start… to sing and dance.
Selma: There’s no more to see…
Selma: Clatter, crash, clack, racket, bang, thump, rattle, clang, crack, thud, whack, bam! It’s music, now dance!
Kathy: Why do you call me that?
Selma: It’s like, someone whose…
Selma: I don’t know, just big and happy.
Kathy: I am not that big. And happy, I don’t know.
Selma: You just need someone to pull it out.
Selma: I’m just not that kind of mother.
Gene Jezkova: Can’t you be that kind of a mother?
Bill Houston: Thank you for telling me your secret.
Selma: Thanks for telling me yours.
Bill Houston: Mums the word, right?
Bill Houston: We don’t tell anybody.
Selma: Oh, yes, I won’t tell anyone.
Selma: [singing] Forgive me. I am so sorry. I just did what I had to do, I just did what I had to do, I just did what I had to do, I just did what I had to do.
Norman: She said Communism was – better for human beings.
District Attorney: She had nothing but contempt for our great country and it’s principals.
Norman: Apart from it’s musicals! She said the American one – the American ones were better.
District Attorney: So, the defendant preferred Hollywood to Vladivostok.
District Attorney: If this relationship was made up by the defendant, then, can you think of any way she might have come to know your name?
Oldrich Novy: I was once well known in Czechoslovakia, because of my profession.
District Attorney: Yes, Mr. Oldrich Novy, what is your profession? Maybe that can give us a clue to why, why this somewhat romantic, certainly Communistic, woman who worships Fred Astaire, but not his country, why she might have lied and misused your name – make everybody think that all the money was spent on a poor father and not on her own vanity. What is it that you do?
Oldrich Novy: I was an actor. I made films – they were musicals.
Kathy: But he needs his mother, you know, alive, no matter where!
Selma: You don’t understand! He needs his eyes!
Kathy: He needs his mother!
Kathy: Yes! Alive!
Kathy: Listen to reason for once, Selma! Selma…
Selma: I listen to my heart…
Selma: You keep readin’.
Gene Jezkova: So long, farewell auf wiedersehen, adieu, adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu.
Selma: To yieu and yieu. What – what does that mean? Yieu?
Gene Jezkova: It’s your dumb musical.
Gene Jezkova: It’s German.
Selma: Do you think?
Gene Jezkova: Why? Why should you – always ask me so – so stupid questions?
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Norman: You Commie’s make a big deal out of sharing everything.
Selma: Yeah. It’s – it’s a good thing.
Norman: What are you doing here – if – eh, Czechoslovakia’s so much better than the U. S. of A.?
Oldrich Novy: [singing] I didn’t mind it at all. That you were having a ball – at my musicals. And I was always there to catch you.
Selma: You were always there to catch me. You were always there to catch me. You were always there to catch me. When I fall.
Brenda: You’ll be transferred to the other cellblock, at some point tomorrow.
Selma: That’s the cellblock where they hang people?
Brenda: Yeah. That’s were they spend the last day.
Selma: And then they do the 107 steps – it’s from that room to the gallows, isn’t it?
Brenda: That’s what they say, Selma. But, look it, you’re gonna get your stay. Why don’t you try to think of something nice. All right?
Selma: It’s just so quiet here.
Prison Guard – Serving Selma Jezkova’s last meal: Your meal, Jezková,
Kathy: You were right, Selma – listen to your heart!