The Bride Wore Red (1937) Movie Script

'Make your bets.'
'That's all, no more bets.'
Number 30.
Number three repeats.
Armalia, your luck improves
with every glass of champagne.
And, Rudi the champagne improves
with every roll of the wheel.
Cash those for me.
Place your bets.
- Very superior, waiter.
- Thank you, sir.
Probably, very superior man.
Pity, no one let them know.
Please don't stop
playing for my sake.
As a matter of fact
I happen to be up and gone.
I do nothing for
anyone else's sake.
The last time I did,
I got married.
I mean I could take a taxi home.
No, Rudi, these are not hours
to be wasted in playing.
Into each life, there come
a few nights, such as this night
in which everything
you touch is gold.
Everything you do is right.
Invariably followed the next
morning by a severe headache.
What do I do with my power?
What do I do
with my omnipotence?
Dine anddebate with a
love-sick young aristocrat
whose only thought is
of the model and the Tyrol
and his lovely Maddalena.
You'll admit,
with all that to think of
I've listened very attentively
to your naive
champagne philosophy.
Naive? What's so
naive about it?
You promised we wouldn't
go into it again.
I insist on knowing.
- Sir?
- Well, oh!
- You save money, young man?
- No, sir.
- Support a sick mother?
- No, sir, no one.
Perhaps you're working
your way through school?
- No, sir.
- No ambition of any kind?
- No, sir.
- Good.
Here's a enormous tip
for you, squander it.
- Yes, sir.
- What do you mean, naive?
Well, after all, all that about
life, the great roulette wheel.
Life is a great roulette wheel.
And the human is a little ball,
worthless in himself
bouncing helplessly
from slot to slot.
Where will he aim?
In wealth or poverty.
Is Rudi Pal
the desirable young aristocrat our friend the waiter?
Your number, my friend
didn't turn up, more champagne.
- And the check.
- Yes, sir.
Now, Rudi Pal and the waiter.
Alike at the start
and now so different.
You'll go on from there
about the one
where all men are created equal.
- Which they are.
- Which they are not.
Do you suppose there's
anything to distinguish you
from that waiter?
Except your clothes and the fact
that you sit while he stands?
There's everything,
the breeding.
Waiters are notoriously better
mannered than those they serve.
Breeding means
more than manners.
Nonsense. Rudi, as a favor
to me, stand up.
Sit down, my friend, sit down.
You're a gentleman
for the time being.
Waiter, pour the
gentleman a drink.
This is not particularly
embarrassing to me.
Think you're being deliberately
cruel to the waiter.
'For the moment he is no waiter,
he's much at home as you or I.'
Oh, no, my friend, you can do
everything but drink.
That would be cruel.
Let's get out of here.
- Rudi, I have an idea.
- No more please.
I'm going home like a good
little roulette ball.
The train for Turin
leaves so early in the morning.
By that time I shall
change a dozen lives.
Lead me till the destitute.
The destitute
sleep after midnight.
Some other time, old man.
Now this very instant take me to
the lowest dive in all Trieste.
The very lowest,
the lowest of the low.
This is a great honor,
Your Excellency.
I hope you will like
my little place.
Everything refined and tasteful.
Is this the lowest, the
most decrepit dump in Trieste?
This is, Your Excellency.
You won't find a more
decrepit bar in the..
- Nothing is decent here.
- Including the champagne.
It's all the matter of luck,
If that champagne had only
bounced into the lucky slot.
Oh, we have
the most beautiful girls.
That is the lowest, most
decrepit creatures in Trieste.
- Perhaps you would enjoy.
- No, thank you.
Why not?
Not a ladylike enough, perhaps.
If I were to take
one of those poor things
have her properly washed,
dressed and coiffured
you couldn't tell her
from your own fiancee.
Fiancee reminds me,
I've really got to go.
Goodbye, Armalia.
Come up to Turin
if you don't think
Maddelena and I are too smug.
And don't get too dizzy on that
great big wheel of life.
Get out of here.
Let's always sing the praise
Yes, Your Excellency.
Bring a girl to my table.
Washed if possible.
- Perhaps, you would--
- Surprise me.
Anyone will do,
anyone, the one that's singing.
The one that's singing?
Who wants love
Love is a joy we borrow
Pay back in tears tomorrow
So who wants love
Who wants love
Something to fill
your heat with
So very soon to part with
So who wants love
Love is a dream I'm weaving
Moonbeams and patterns rare
Love is a child believing
Stories of castle in the air
So who wants love
I'll go my way without it
I know too much about it
Who wants love
Still good for me,
ain't, duchess?
Much too good.
Well, count is he?
Come to stare at
the animals in the zoo?
Good evening, sir,
would you care to dance
or shall I sing another song,
perhaps an old--
No thank you, let us just be
two human souls in commune.
- Now let's just talk.
- Talk?
Yes. Will you tell me
all about yourself?
Where you were born,
all that sort.
Thank you, I will sit down
since you insist.
My name is Anni Pavlovitch.
Born in Poland, age 25,
mother, Austrian.
And I'm not going to tell you
my father was an aristocrat.
- Didn't surprised me.
- Didn't surprised me either.
- You talk well.
- Oh, yes.
Guess, we breathe and sleep
and are hungry too.
- Very much like human beings.
- Naturally, senora.
Who was you mother,
who was your father?
How did you happen
to become a count?
Proud of you to come here, and
stay and ask me questions.
I know, I'd been told
it's all the matter of luck.
I had the good luck
to be born rich, while you--
I had the bad luck to be born.
You're absolutely right,
it's most unjust.
One is powerless
to protest one's fate.
- Powerless to stop--
- I'm hungry.
I'm sorry. Waiter!
Waiter, bring some hors d'oeuvre
for the lady
best you've got, caviar.
Caviar for the count.
Bring me a dish of stew,
with meat in it.
And remember
put plenty of meat in it.
Are you gonna drink some beer?
Champagne's good enough for me.
Ah, you didn't crook your little
finger, thank you for that.
Where did you learn
such charming manners?
I go to the movies, I watch
the ladies of your world.
Lots of simple and
stupid and artificial.
My world's bad luck that
you weren't born in it.
- Madam?
- Yes, it it.
How would you like a little
holiday, Signorina Anni?
Some of the fine hotels, say,
have servants wait on you?
Plenty of food, sunshine,
beautiful clothes.
I'm not going there so I can
have a red evening dress.
'Yeah, of course,
anything you want.'
I think I'll send you to Turin.
- What's that? A sanatorium?
No, it is a fashionable hotel
in the Tyrol
filled with the ladies and
gentlemen of breeding.
Give me two weeks,
of it, two weeks exactly.
Waiter, give me a pencil.
I'll wire the hotel, the best
room for my little friend.
And Galli, I'm gonna get Galli
for your dresses.
I'd give you the money now
rather than you make off
with it.
How soon can you go?
Take me a week to close my town
house, dismiss the servants.
And change your name to
Anne-Anne, Anne Vivaldi.
The daughter of my very good
friend, Lieutenant Vivaldi.
Uh, naval officer, your mother
lives in genteel poverty
'and you were brought up--'
- In a convent.
- Well.
- In a convent.
- Alright, in a convent.
I'll wire the hotel myself,
and here's a list of shops
and I'll notify them
to take care of you.
And here's a little money
for some tips.
You're-you're sure
you're not joking?
I'm cheating, Anni.
I'm fixing the great wheel.
Fixing it, so that you can
win for a while.
Perhaps Rudi would say,
I'm being miserably cruel.
But I want to know,
I want to know
what makes a waiter, a waiter
and Rudi, Rudi and a you, you.
Or whether you could be a lady.
And remember,
if it turns out badly
don't come and complain to me,
in fact don't come to me at all.
After all,
by tomorrow, the next day
I'll probably be sober again.
Goodbye, Anni and good luck.
Dolores, Consuelo, Felicia.
Bring the articles I've selected
for the Count Armaila's..
Yes, daughter of Count Armalia's
very good friend
Lieutenant Vivaldi.
Of course, is there
anything in particular
the signorina would like?
I should like..
Could I have
the blue coat on the window?
Anything the signorina wishes.
And I shall want
a red evening dress with beads.
Signorina, may I help you?
Say, are you the driver
from the hotel?
No, signorina, but my cousin is.
Doesn't the hotel meet
it's guests at the station?
- Usually, yes.
- Oh.
When's the next train
back to Trieste?
The next train for Trieste?
Why Signorina Vivaldi,
you've only just arrived.
How do you know my name?
I read your telegram
for the train.
I read all the telegrams,
going and coming.
You see,
I'm telegraph operator here.
Did you deliver my telegram?
Over two hours ago.
I sent it with my cousin.
Well, the driver from the hotel.
No, another cousin, Pietro,
he's my assistant.
He's very fond of blackberries.
They are in season now.
- How far is the hotel?
- Four kilometers.
You should see the blackberry
fields, signorina.
Like black clouds.
Am I expected to walk
four kilometers?
You may ride to the hotel
with mail and me if you wish.
Do you think I'll ride in that?
Well, I do.
There's a great
difference between us.
- Of course.
- And..
Ladies don't ride in
donkey carts.
It would be unusual, but then
great ladies can do
unusual things.
I'll get your luggage.
Is he dangerous?
Not from that end.
Another one of your cousins
I suppose.
Takes him a minute to
make up his mind.
He's alright after
he gets started.
Where are you going?
Who's gonna drive the donkey?
He knows the road.
I have to sort the mail.
Suppose he runs away.
We'll walk very fast, catch him.
The Archduke of Austria once
rode in this donkey cart.
My father was postmaster then.
I got the position when he died.
My grandfather
was postmaster too.
No wonder the donkey is tired.
It's an important position,
you know?
Sometimes as many as 200 letters
come through here in one day.
Don't you ever think of
getting away from here
to someplace where you can
amount to something?
Well, I do amount to something,
haven't I just told you?
No, I mean, to become rich,
important, respected.
You mean ambitious.
I used to think it would be
wonderful to go to Vienna
Paris, Rome.
'I got older.'
'I see so many people
at the hotel'
'that come form those cities.'
They are so rich
and they are important.
To be happy,
you must be contended.
To be contended, you must
find you place in the world
and stay there.
Suppose you don't like
your place, then what?
Find a place the fits you.
There's one for everybody.
- What was that?
- Car from the hotel.
My cousin, Pietro must have
delivered your telegram.
- Why didn't you stop it?
- How?
Tell me, are these trees
always this beautiful?
No, signorina, yesterday
they were less beautiful
tomorrow they'll be more.
You really believe that?
You've lived here all your life.
Well, when I was very young,
I saw the pine trees in snow.
I wanted to grow like that,
tall and straight, and strong.
And when I was older,
I saw poplar
and the sun, and the laugh.
I wanted to learn
to laugh like that.
Do they never cry,
these trees of yours?
When it rains, they cry into
the mountain streams.
When it stops and the raindrops
shine on the leaves in the sun
that's when they
are most beautiful.
Like a lady's eyes, when they
laugh and cry at the same time.
You are the strangest postman
I've ever met.
Has the signorina
met many postmen?
- Of course not.
- Doesn't matter.
I'd still be the strangest.
- But you think they'd stop?
- We are very near.
You'll see the hotel
any minute now.
You did not meet her
at the station?
Well, I have just returned
from the station
she's not there.
What would happen to my hotel
if I picked up berries, huh?
I have instructions from
Count Armalia to expect her.
I have the telegram
from signorina herself
sent from the train.
I have everything
but the signorina.
- Now she must be somewhere.
- Here she is.
Signorina, a mistake,
a thousand pardons.
I'm surrounded by idiots,
so terrible this should happen.
- That's quite alright.
- You're not angry?
You will forgive me?
I don't wish to discuss it
any further.
Listen to me, Cousin Pietro
and look at me.
Telegrams must be delivered.
But the blackberries,
Cousin Giulio, they are ripe.
I know, cousin, but you should
have picked 'em on the way back.
He'll never do it again.
Thank you very much.
Well, I have my salary
from the government.
Thank you, signorina.
- Good afternoon, Signor Pal.
- Good afternoon, Nobili.
Lovely day, isn't it?
In the north wing,
I have a larger suite.
- No, this will do.
- Oh, thank you, signorina.
Thank you, thank you.
Who is it?
Maid, signorina.
May I unpack for you?
Yes, please, come in.
Which dress will the signorina
wear to dinner?
I think I shall wear..
- 'Anni.'
- Maria.
Of all people to run into,
it's you.
What are you doing here?
Anni, it's good
to see you again.
But they told me
your name was Vivaldi.
- Signorina and Vivaldi.
- That's me.
But how?
Anni, you are not
in trouble with the police?
You're not hiding?
Maria, you wouldn't believe
what happened, it's..
It's like those stupid wishes
we used to make
when we had
too much beer, remember?
You used to wish you could find
a purse with 10,000 lira in it.
And I used to wish I could find
a box with a red evening dress
that's just my size
and ready to wear.
It's in there.
Very red and with beads.
But you haven't told me
who and how.
You're talking in riddles.
I'm living in riddles,
I don't know the answer.
But who cares?
For two weeks,
I'm on top of the world.
- For two weeks, I'm a lady.
- And then?
And then, I..
Well, I'll think about it then.
Oh, Maria, tell me.
What brought you from
Cordillera bar to Turin?
I'm happy here, Anni.
I sweep, wash dishes,
scrub floors.
Sometimes I help
as a personal maid.
I work from morning till night.
And for the first time
in my life, I'm truly happy.
- Can you believe that?
- No.
One night at the bar,
I-I looked into a mirror.
I was frightened at what I saw.
How heavy the rouge had become
wrinkles I couldn't hide.
Anni, I saw my finish
in that mirror.
I lied to an agency,
I forged references.
Here I am.
I love it here.
If I had to leave,
I think I'd die.
I know, you want to grow strong
with the poplars
and laugh with the pines,
or is it the way around?
Oh, Maria,
it's so good to have you here.
I've had to be so careful,
so correct.
I feel like a fat woman,
with her corsets off.
Keep on being careful
and correct.
You'll have to watch out.
'The very finest people
stay here.'
They don't come too finer,
too elegant
for Signorina Ann Vivaldi.
I can't help it,
I don't like it, Anni.
I have a feeling someone's
playing a dirty trick on you.
Not on me.
On themselves, maybe.
Lay out my red dress with beads,
I'll wear it to dinner tonight.
Not this red dress.
Not here.
'You might as well wear a sign.'
But when will I wear it?
Perhaps, two weeks from now.
- Signorina Vivaldi?
- Yes.
You've never seen
Armalia like that.
He's going to turn the
whole world upside down.
We were all little roulette ball
and waiters would
become gentlemen
and cabaret girls
countesses and..
I had a night like that once.
I took the pants off of
half the policeman in Trieste.
It seemed to me that, uh..
That, uh..
Upto a moment ago
we were dining with
retired admiral, your father.
And a not completely
retired bachelor, your fiancee.
We are now quite alone.
- Rudi, darling, remember me?
- Oh.
The girl you're engaged to,
Was here just a moment ago.
Think hard.
Where was I when I was
so rudely interrupted?
What would the signorina wish?
Oh, uh,
something very light, I think.
Brodo caldo, perhaps.
'And then, uh, perhaps,
frittata ponerte.'
I'd like that, yes.
'And then, a salad.'
Yes, a salad.
Thank you, signorina.
Rudi, while we're here,
let's climb to the pines
once in the early morning.
They're supposed to be at their
very best as the sun comes up.
You know,
it's a very funny thing.
And if the sun comes up,
I'm at my very worst.
Darling, in all the years
we've been coming here
and all the time
we've been in love
you've never asked Rudi
to get up at dawn
to see a pine tree.
Please don't start now.
Yes, sir,
it's a very funny thing.
You just said that, admiral.
We're ready
for the next sentence.
I know that, young lady.
I know well.
Then by all means, father,
ask her to coffee with us.
- I'm sure she's very nice.
- Well, of course.
It's a very long time
since we met.
It must be years and years.
She's 21 if she's a day.
Do you doubt my word,
young lady?
Something on which to write.
You see that lady
at the table alone?
By the window.
Signorina Vivaldi?
Of course. Vivaldi.
That was her name.
Give her this.
The flag goes up.
Uh, pardon, signorina.
I was to give you this.
The flag comes down.
Would the signorina care
for some hearts of artichokes?
Stuffed egg?
Yes, please.
Some celery?
Work from the outside in,
I'm sure the signorina
will enjoy her coffee here.
Is there anything else
I can do for the signorina?
No, thank you.
And thanks for everything.
Good evening, signorina.
Good evening, postman.
Or are you the official
village flute player at night?
No, signorina.
But that is your
grandfather's flute, isn't it?
And his father's before him.
Have you any reason
for making fun of me?
I'm not making fun of you.
Tell me why did the music
go away? I liked it.
The dancing will start soon
in the hotel.
And besides,
they preferred to go away.
Tonight there's
stars and a moon.
And a picnic.
What do you do on a picnic?
The signorina never been to one?
We walk in the night air.
In the summer, we swim, in
the winter, we ride in sleighs.
We have a basket of food to eat
when we grow hungry.
Sausage, beer and cheese
on wet grass.
Oh, I shouldn't like that.
Cold chicken and wine.
And when the grass is wet
it smells of the earth,
and the rain.
And you sing and play and..
...make love to your girl?
Are you in love, postman?
I'm surprised. Why not?
- 'Too busy perhaps?'
- Is the signorina in love?
That's none of you business.
Exactly, signorina.
It's none of my business.
And why is it
that you feel privileged
to question and examine me
as if I were a three legged cow?
Pardon me
if I have offended you.
No, postman!
'Pardon me, I..'
I-I should have known better.
'Please, signorina.'
You may ask me a question
if you like.
Is the signorina in love?
No, I'm not.
As long as I can remember
there's been a balustrade
between a terrace and a lawn.
I've always imagined
it was to keep those
on the terrace
from falling to the lawn.
Now I realized
it also keeps those
in the lawn
from rising to the terrace.
'Good evening, Giulio.'
Good evening, Signor Pal.
Goodnight, signorina.
Goodnight, postman.
Signorina Vivaldi.
You are the Signorina Vivaldi,
are you not?
I've come to apologize to you.
To me? Why?
- The note.
- Oh.
Well, that.
- You shouldn't have done that.
- I didn't.
It was my very good friend,
the retired Admiral Monti.
He imagined
he knew you from somewhere.
From where?
'Oh, please
don't give it a thought.'
The admiral has
all the impetuousness
of a middle age man
with nothing to lose.
Tell him I accept his apology,
and thank you for bringing it.
Permit me.
Oh, I..
Again I apologize.
- I make a very poor waiter.
- Thank you.
I, uh, was also to ask you
to join us to have liqueur.
Thank you, no.
Please don't be angry.
We're really
very pleasant people.
But I don't know you.
I'm not accustomed to sitting
at strange tables on command.
My name is Rudolph Pal.
Counting this, I've apologized
to you three times.
Therefore, I must have
insulted you three times.
We must be
very old friends by now.
Well, at least
we know each other's names.
The peasant music again.
Oh, you'll get used to it.
Like the bullfrogs in the pond
in the back of the hotel.
After a while,
you don't even notice it.
But I want to notice it.
I like their music.
You'll like it at first.
They're, uh,
having a picnic tonight.
Soggy black bread and wet grass.
It smells of rain, and of earth.
It's still wet.
Well, it's fashionable,
I know, to think that
the simple and humble
things in life are best.
They're nothing of the kind.
In my opinion, most people
prefer sardines to caviar
simply because most people
have never tasted caviar.
I think you're right,
Signor Pal.
Everyone calls me Rudi.
The music has started
for dancing.
The infantry has succeeded
where the navy failed.
She is ours.
May I present Signorina Vivaldi?
'Contessa Di Meina,
Signorina Monti.'
- 'How do you do?'
- How do you do?
How do you do?
The, um, admiral, of course,
you know intimately.
My memory's terribly poor.
Forgive me, admiral.
Why should you remember
an old duffer like me?
And how wonderfully well
you're looking.
I'm feeling much better,
thank you.
I'm completely cured.
Completely cured?
Good. Excellent.
'Won't you sit down, signorina?'
Thank you.
Is this your
first visit to Turin?
Yes, my first in many years.
When I was a little girl,
I came here with my father
and Count Armalia.
Yes, he was
my father's closest friend.
I knew I remembered you.
Why, I used
to dandle you on my knee.
You were little, uh..
Little, uh..
Anne! Of course.
Anne Vivaldi, that's your name!
Anne Vivaldi, been on
the tip of my tongue all night.
How cozy.
Tell me,
have you seen Armalia lately?
Yes. I saw him
about a week ago in Trieste.
He recommended Ter.
I was badly in need of a rest.
You said Trieste.
Perhaps we have mutual friends.
Do you know the Reinhardt's?
The Calman's?
No. I'm sorry.
With or without Armalia,
it seems
incredible that we've never met.
Well, there are
so many people in Trieste.
But so few ladies
as lovely as you.
It's good for your conceit,
- Don't mind him, signorina.
- I don't.
I like him.
Will you dance, Maddelena?
No, thank you.
I'm a little tired tonight.
And you, signorina?
Yes, thank you.
Watch out, Maddelena.
You don't dance
like a debutante.
And how does a debutante dance?
With stiff knees.
You dance beautifully.
Almost like a professional.
You see, your praise went to my
feet, Signor Pal.
You know,
it's going to sound silly
your calling me Signor Pal..
...while I call you Ann.
I didn't know you were going to.
I forgot to tell you.
Any particular reason
why you're alone?
I want to be.
Well, that's too bad.
What is?
You're not going to have what
you want from now on.
You're not going to be alone
much from now on.
- Maria.
- Huh?
What's a debutante?
- A what?
- A debutante.
They've got stiff knees.
I don't know.
Something to do with society,
I guess.
That's what I thought.
People nodded to me and said
"Good evening, signorina."
all over the place
People I've never seen before
in my life.
I'm so tired, I could die.
But it's still better
than carrying half the
merchant marine around
on your feet all night.
Think of it. The night's
just beginning down there.
You think of it.
Tell me, are Sophie and Toni
still fighting
over that night watchman?
Sophie married him.
He broke her jaw
for a wedding present.'s wonderful
to live like this.
Listen to how quiet it is.
It's always quiet.
It's always wonderful.
It'll be terrible
when you have to go back.
It would be nice
to live like this forever.
The best thing
that could happen to you.
Maybe I could get you
a job like mine.
Like yours?
You're happy here with your
silly trees and mountains
and your stupid nights
with stars
and wet grass and sardines.
But that's because
you never tasted vintage wine
and danced
to a wonderful orchestra
with a handsome gentleman
who kissed your hand good night.
Anni, have you gone crazy?
Maria, I'm never going back
to the Cordolero bar.
So, that's it.
I knew that would come.
Why shouldn't I stay as I am,
on top with these clothes
these people, this life?
Am I any different from them?
Do I look,
do I act any different?
No, Anni.
But you are.
I'm not, and
I'll prove it to you I'm not.
I don't know how or when,
but I'll prove it to you.
And I'll prove it to them.
The whole valley's
like a sea of gold.
And there's the lake down there.
It looks like.. a little drop of jade.
I had a jade ring once.
- What is it, Anne?
- Oh, nothing. Just stupid.
But something
must have made you cry.
I just thought of something.
That's all.
- Of what?
- Nothing.
Of what, Anne?
Well, I just thought that..
...I'll be gone next week.
And I just thought that
I'll never see the sun again.
- What nonsense.
- Oh!
Please don't look at me, Rudi.
My nose gets so funny
when I cry.
Come on, let's wash
our faces in the brook.
Such a gloomy face.
Have I made you sad, Rudi?
Come, wash your face
in the brook.
It's a magic brook,
it washes away your sadness
and leaves little drops
of happiness all over you.
Some vintage wine perhaps?
Hundreds of years old.
Come and sit beside me, Anne.
What's the matter, Rudi?
I don't know.
Perhaps you've been getting up
too early in the morning.
I know it hasn't been any fun
for you to get up at dawn
to see the sun on the lake,
on the poplars
on the fields, just for my sake.
- You know that isn't so.
- Well, how do I know?
Because I still haven't seen
the lake, or the fields
or the poplars.
I haven't seen the sun, Anne.
I've only seen you.
I don't know just what to say.
It must be getting late.
I wonder what's keeping
Maddelena and her father.
...I can't make you out.
At the hotel, at tea,
at dinner, or when we dance
you're like everyone else.
More beautiful, perhaps.
More poised, more of a lady.
Thank you, Signor Pal.
On mornings like these,
you're like.. animal suddenly set free.
You try to run
in all directions at once.
You're all instinct and emotion.
You cry at a sunrise.
You laugh at some leaves
in the wind.
You're in love with something
on mornings like these.
At last.
I'm a woman of mystery.
You're the most exciting woman
I've ever met.
- Please, Rudi.
- I don't want you to go, Anne.
I don't wanna be here. I don't
wanna be anywhere without you.
You're engaged
to be married to Maddelena.
'Rudi! Anne!'
It's your problem, Rudi.
You will have to face it.
- Woo-hoo!
- Come on down.
I've run ashore here.
I think my anchor is dragging.
Here comes the morning mail.
I never could quite understand
Maddelena's mad passion
for the postman.
It's hardly that, darling.
I think he's charming.
I think the way he distributes
morning mail is delightful.
Quaint to the word,
I think it's stupid
and a little impertinent,
don't you, Anne?
I don't know. I've never
thought about it much.
You see, fortunately,
no one knows where I am
so I never get any letters.
You're just jealous, Rudi.
You do think he's attractive,
don't you, Anne?
I think I agree with Rudi
about his impertinence.
Giulio sometimes forgets
he's just a postman.
'Signor Lacroix.
One thin one.'
Signorina Vivaldi.
A letter for you.
Apparently someone knows
where you are.
- I-I can't imagine.
- Shall I get it for yo--
No, no, I'll get it.
It's much more fun.
Her first letter in ten days.
I'd give my one good eye
to know from whom.
Your first letter, signorina.
I wondered why there were none.
Surely a man like you
must have more important things
to wonder about.
Well, are we ready
for breakfast? I'm starved.
But aren't you
going to read your letter?
Oh, never on an empty stomach.
- It might be important.
- From Armalia?
Oh, it's probably
full of gossip.
Please, do read it, Anne.
What does he have to say?
- Oh, get it over with.
- 'Yes, please do.'
'Anything interesting?'
'Oh, just the usual
Armalia gossip.'
As much of it as he thinks
I ought to know.
He hopes I'm enjoying Turin
and, uh..
Oh, and he wishes to be
remembered to all of you.
And here's a special regards
to you, Rudi
and to the contessa.
How nice, particularly as I've
met Count Armalia exactly twice
and we detest each other
with a glowing hatred.
He couldn't possibly.
Not after
all the wonderful things
I've written to him about you.
Thank you, my dear.
I, uh, think it's my turn
to ask.
- What about breakfast?
- Breakfast.
That's the only intelligent
remark I've heard today.
Come on.
- Coming, Anne?
- In a minute.
Is anything the matter?
Can I help?
No, please go along.
I'll be there in a little while.
Come on, Rudi.
I couldn't knock, you see.
What do you want?
- Can I help you?
- Help me?
What makes you think
I need help?
Your letter made you
very unhappy.
You didn't wish to discuss it
with your friends
and I thought,
perhaps with someone like me..
You see, very often,
it helps to talk.
Is it part of your duty
to discuss
every letter you deliver?
This has nothing whatever to do
with my duty, signorina.
I have no right even to be here.
It was a letter from my very
good friend, Count Armalia.
It was a very amusing letter.
I've read it over and over.
Ten days ago, when you rode from
the station in my donkey cart
you were pleasant and kind.
I thought you were the most
gracious lady I'd ever met.
That night,
as you sat on the terrace..
...I thought I'd never again
see anything so beautiful.
- You're being impertinent.
- Please.
I've talked with you since
every day
and never once
have you been even as pleasant
as the first time.
I seem to...disturb you.
Servants never disturb me.
I'm not a servant,
and you don't treat me
as you would a servant.
Your attitude is--
I'm not aware of any attitude
toward you.
- But I am, signorina--
- Then keep it to yourself.
Take it along to your picnics
under the stars. I've got to go.
I don't go
to the picnics anymore.
Get out of my way.
Ever since that first night..
...I'm not hungry anymore.
My cousins worry about me.
At night,
I stay alone in my house.
My house is small,
but it sits high on the hill.
I have everything there
I'll ever need.
A cow, a garden,
and some chickens.
Even my telegraph station's
It's my private world
on top of this one we all share.
Can you see the lake
in the early morning?
Like a shiny green dress
with little sparkles on it.
- And the valley too?
- And beyond.
The hills behind it.
You'd like my house, signorina.
No. No, postman,
I would not like it.
I'm used to so much more.
'Anni? Anni?'
Where are you?
Oh, forgive me, signorina.
I, I thought I..
I thought I.. I was looking
for Anni, the chambermaid.
- Is she crazy?
- She must be.
There's no chambermaid
named Anni.
I see.
Thank you for all
your information, postman.
Oh, not at all, signorina.
If you'd wanted to,
you could have left at any time.
The arbor's open at both ends.
You idiot!
They're waiting breakfast
for you.
How did I know I'd find you
messing around with the postman?
Oh, you've got
such a beautiful, clean mind.
My dearie, I know
you must have been
your stamp collection.
After all
that wonderful work on Rudi Pal
she takes up with a dolt
that rides in a donkey cart.
I haven't taken up with him.
He doesn't mean that to me.
Maybe he's teaching you
the telegraph code.
And don't you worry
about Rudi Pal.
- That's gonna be alright.
- It better be soon.
You've got less than a week.
I may need more time.
I may stay on a little longer.
'How? You've got no money.'
If I've got to stay,
I'll stay somehow.
He's got a beautiful yacht
anchored at Trieste, Maria.
You know, I wouldn't mind
sailing past the waterfront
on my yacht...
on my honeymoon.
- Good morning, Alberto.
- Good morning, signorina.
- Feeling better?
- Much better, thank you.
- Nothing serious, I hope.
- Unfortunately not.
The usual, signorina?
Yes, Alberto.
The usual, please.
We were just talking
about the festa, Anne.
Maddelena's in an uproar
about her costume.
It's a wonderful affair,
all the peasants from miles
around will be there,
and we dress just like them.
Even father wears
his Tyrolean outfit.
I-it's great for my gout.
And everyone drinks
too much new wine
and makes too much love
to the wrong people.
It's the most romantic night
of the year.
What a pity
you're leaving just before it.
Anne, darling,
you can't miss the festa.
Oh, it does sound like fun
and I've an important engagement
in Trieste
but if you'd all like me
to stay..
...I think it can be arranged.
Well, it's certainly
simple and modest enough.
Maybe a little bit too much so.
That ought to make it more
attractive, don't you think?
Oh, no, signorina.
That would spoil the dress.
I suppose
none of your peasant girls
ever wear
their dresses like this.
Oh, some of them do.
Well, I want mine that way too.
As you wish, signorina.
The dress will be ready
in two days.
'Oh, that's fine.'
Uh, will the signorina
let me have
the usual 100liras
in advance now?
'Just put the whole bill
on my account.'
But I'm not from the hotel.
My work
has always been separate.
There's always a first time
for everything.
- Isn't there, huh?
- Well, uh--
Yes, you will have the dress
on time now, won't you?
- Yes.
- That's very nice.
Thank you so much.
- Phew.
- Anni.
- What's up?
- Plenty. Everything.
You better get out of here
quick, that's all.
What are you talking about?
You know that maid
of the contessa's?
The one that's always
pumping me about you
wants to know why all your
clothes are new and all that?
Yeah, well, what about her?
Well, I was talking
to her a little while ago
and she let drop that yesterday
the contessa sent a telegram
to Count..
What's his name?
- Armalia?
- That's right.
Saying how much she liked you
but what a mystery you are
and would he please tell her
who you are
and where you come from?
Oh, dear.
Now what, Signorina Viv--
Oh, shut up
and let me think for a minute.
Thinking got you into this.
Get out some other way.
And how are you going to think
your hotel bill into being paid?
Your two weeks are more than up,
you know.
And the dressmaker?
Think about her bill.
'Will you stop screaming
for just one minute?'
Of course, I'm not mentioning
the money you owe me.
All my savings.
I could have had more fun
throwing it off a mountaintop.
You'll get it all back.
Every penny of it and more
with a check
signed by Signor Rudolph Pal.
And when is he going to ask you?
After the contessa
gets her telegram?
At the festa.
He's got to propose
at the festa.
That means the contessa
must not receive that telegram.
I'll need more time, Maria.
I've got to have more time.
And now where are you going?
To a little house on a hill.
Ready, cousin.
Remember, no blackberries,
No blackberries.
Wait a minute.
I'll take it myself.
Don't you trust me anymore,
Well, I'm trusting you with
the whole telegraph station.
That's much more important.
Take good care of
the government office, cousin.
I will.
no blackberries, cousin.
No blackberries, cousin.
- Hello, postman.
- Hello.
Well, you see,
I'm accepting your invitation.
Thank you.
It's been quite a climb.
This can't quite make up its
mind whether it's a road or not?
It's a road.
It belongs to me.
Did you build it?
My grandfather cleared it
It needs work again.
I may get at it tomorrow.
Or next week.
Or next year.
Did I ever tell you you were the
strangest of all close to me?
Often. At times, I thought
you were very strange too.
Well, do you want me
to look at your little house?
I'll be honored.
- This is the outside.
- Yes, I imagined it was.
It's very nice.
How lovely the flowers are.
Who takes care of them for you?
They take care of themselves.
Plenty to eat and drink.
Mountain air to breathe.
The sun to keep them warm.
In the winter, they sleep.
People are cruel to flowers.
They separate them stupidly.
It's as though suddenly,
all the men named Antonio
must live here, and over there,
all the men named Pietro
and over there,
all the women named Anni.
And, uh, the inside,
I'm anxious to see it.
Because you're used to
so much more than this
it must seem like very little
to have to live in.
It's the only home
I've ever known.
I was born in the room
above this.
- Who cares the house for you?
- I do.
And Pietro,
he's the chambermaid.
We live here together.
Where is Pietro?
'I left him in charge
of the telegraph station.'
'I have a telegram to deliver.'
These curtains need cleaning.
I, uh, thought Pietro
delivered the telegrams.
There are too many blackberries.
This is an important telegram.
- For the hotel?
- Yes.
Why don't you deliver it?
It can wait a little
while longer.
Tell me about where you
come from. About Trieste.
The way you live there.
Why do you wanna know?
So many elegant
ladies and gentlemen
come here from everywhere.
I've often wondered
what they left behind them.
Well, it would be difficult
for you to believe.
It's so different from anything
you've ever known.
It must be.
Well, we, we live in a big,
white stone house
my mother and I, in the very
finest section of Trieste.
It's a wonderfully big house
with a driveway leading up to it
and an enormous hall
with marble columns.
- Must be difficult to heat.
- Oh, no.
We, we have special servants
for the cellar.
Uh, we have two automobiles,
one's a shiny limousine, and..
...the other one's open
for when the sun shines.
We, uh, we have a chauffeur
to drive
and a footman to open the doors.
Uh, they both ride up in front.
The doors have my initials
on them.
In the harbor, we have
a white yacht with two funnels.
On nice days, we go sailing
along the waterfront of Trieste.
We had a sailboat here once,
on the lake.
One day, it turned upside down
and sank.
there's an enormous kitchen
with a special baker,
and cook, and scullery maid.
We have, oh, I don't know,
how many butlers to serve
our dinner with the,
the very finest vintage wines
you understand?
And then sometimes,
there's an orchestra. We dance.
You have more servants
than I have cousins.
Then we have 20, uh, no, no,
15 bedrooms in the house.
I have one all to myself.
I have an enormous bed
with a swan at the head of it.
And with white fur spread that
we just cleared off the floor.
Everything's in white.
Even the telephone.
And the parties, Giulio.
The elegant people
who come to our house.
Dukes and duchesses.
Princes even.
When they come in,
they kiss my hand.
When they leave, they thank me
for a wonderful time.
Poor Anni.
Poor, lost Anni.
Believe me, it doesn't matter.
I love you.
What right have you to love me?
You're a postman. I'm a lady.
I've loved you
from the moment I saw you.
What you were the moment before
that has nothing to do with it.
I'm a lady, do you hear?
You've got no right
to talk to me like that.
- You've got no right.
- Careful, it's steep.
Anni, are you hurt?
I guess I'm alright.
Rather unexpected.
My shoulder, it..
It hurts a little.
Let me see.
- Anni.
- Won't you ever learn to knock?
Too busy. I'm getting Cinderella
ready for the ball.
- Birds have flown away.
- Oh, too bad.
Say, this is no time
to worry about birds.
You've got work to do tonight.
They're waiting for you.
- Maria?
- Scared a little bit?
If you saw a chance
to come out of the gutter
and live as you never dreamed
you could live
that half the things
you never dreamed could exist
you'd sacrifice anything to
take that chance, wouldn't you?
If-if-if you were me,
you'd-you'd give up anything
in the world no matter what,
wouldn't you?
I think I would, Anni.
If I were you.
Oh! Wish me luck,
and pray for me.
You know I will.
You see, signorina,
Count Armalia engaged your suite
for only two weeks.
I have a guest waiting to hear.
If you could let me know when
the suite will be available.
Soon, Signor Nobili.
You, you shall know very soon.
In the meantime, send me another
bill. I've mislaid the others.
Why, Rudi, no costume?
No one but you, Anne, could
be the most beautiful lady
and the most beautiful peasant
at the festa.
Maddelena's waiting
for us, darling.
I'm sorry I'm late,
but I couldn't get my dress
to fasten properly.
Oh, you're beautiful, Maddelena.
Oh, you're just saying that.
I'm not the type at all.
But you really are gorgeous,
right now, I can hear
the peasant hearts
breaking all over the festa.
What you will hear
are my knees knocking. I'm cold.
Are we going? If not,
I wanna put my pants back on.
Yes, now that we've decided
we all look divine
except the admiral,
who looks like nothing
I've ever seen before,
let's get it over with.
You can knap
both their heads together
with one hand, Cousin Giulio?
Well, the evening
is still young, Cousin Pietro.
Giulio, you are to choose
the most beautiful girl
of all the peasants here.
Remember, I'm your cousin.
Is it pleasant to have all
of the most beautiful girls
in the world in love
with you, Cousin Giulio?
One is enough, cousin.
- Ride the merry-go-round, boy?
- Well, you can take a ride.
Are you sure you can spare me,
Cousin Giulio?
Don't fall off, cousin.
- Thank you, sir.
- Giulio.
Oh, hello there.
You climbed high
for that edelweiss?
than I've ever been before.
Higher than anybody's ever been.
If I'd fallen...
- Giulio, you'd do that for me?
- No, for myself.
I think I look very pretty
when I wear flowers.
Oh, no. Oh, no, no, no.
Oh, please.
- Oh, ho!
- Good evening.
- Good evening.
- Good evening, Giulio.
Edelweiss and so beautiful.
Rudi, look.
Some young lady's gonna
be very proud of that.
- Isn't it lovely, Anne?
- Very.
You may have it if you like.
That's quite a tribute.
He must have risked his life
for those blossoms.
I don't like to wear flowers.
They look so lovely
for such a little while.
And they die and look ugly.
No, thank you very much,
That looks like a nice table
over there, doesn't it, Rudi?
- Oh, none for me, thank you.
- But you must.
New wine never hurt anyone.
Very well.
What interesting knees
you have, admiral.
- Those are knees, aren't they?
- They were.
What a wonderful background
for Maddelena, Rudi.
You really should have her
painted in it.
What? Oh, yes, certainly.
After you're married, of course.
I love portraits
of young brides.
They're always so clean-looking,
sweet and stupid.
Thank you.
I was one myself.
Three or four times.
Look, Maddelena, the perfect
image of that young duke..
What's his name? Who followed
you all over Vienna last winter.
Duke in Vienna?
We weren't in Vienna
last winter.
Well, then, Budapest
or whatever it was.
'I mean that young duke
who sent you all those flowers'
'and made such a fuss over you.'
You never told me
about that, Maddelena.
Do you think
she tells you everything?
She can't sit at home
very well and knit
while you run around
making a fool of yourself.
He's such a baby, Anne.
Gets himself constantly involved
with all sorts of women
and then comes running
to Maddelena for help.
Oh, I can't believe that.
I think Rudi knows
what he wants.
You've developed
a taste for wine, I see.
It's very nice.
There must be many things
I've never had
that are just as pleasant.
Oh, there's a fortune-teller
over there.
- I want my fortune told.
- Shall we all go? Maddelena?
No, no, that-that would be
much too embarrassing.
We'll be back as soon as
I find out about my future.
Too bad these fortune-tellers
can't read past.
Forgive me, dear. I'm a fool.
But I do love you.
I must seem
pretty foolish myself.
Loving him as much as I do.
I'm not sure that
I want to be told my fortune.
- It might be very good.
- It might be very bad.
- Are you happy this minute?
- This very minute, mm-hmm.
And this minute stretched into
infinity shall be your future.
- You sound very professional.
- I am. I'm a witch.
I've worn out many a broomstick
in my day riding to the stars.
The stars, but I thought you
disapproved of them as common.
I consult them
for purely professional reasons.
They supply the information,
without which no--
Tell me.
Under the stars.
Venus as you may or may not know
is terribly jealous of Mars.
Matter of fact,
she's much more in love with him
than he is with her.
Who says so?
It's common gossip
all up and down the Milky Way.
I'd much rather talk
about your eyes.
The stars, Rudi.
The stars, Anne.
She'd pull the tail of any comet
that even passed by.
Where did you get all
this information? From Mars?
I know Venus intimately too.
Your teeth is so white, and you
laugh deep down in your throat.
Stars, Rudi.
The stars, Anne.
Have you ever seen
falling stars?
- Mm-hmm.
- You know what makes them fall?
- No.
- Venus.
She catches them
winking at Mars.
Oh, look. Now you can
point them all out to me.
Each star by name.
There are millions of stars,
I have a good memory.
There's Venus. See, how
she glares at Mars over there.
What's, uh, what's that star
over there?
- Over there?
- Mm-hmm.
Oh, he's just a star.
Comes and goes
every now and then.
No one pays much attention
to him.
His name is Otto.
He never amount to anything.
Everyone says that
he's kind of a drifter.
You better take me
back now, Rudi.
I've enjoyed hearing about the
stars. It's been very amusing.
No, Anne.
- Maddelena will be wondering.
- I can't help it.
- But I can.
- You can't either.
You can't go back now.
You can't leave me tomorrow.
- You're insane.
- Of course, I am.
I've seen you every day
and every night
for as many days and nights
as I can remember living.
- I'm in love with you, Anne.
- You love Madellena.
I love you.
You're going to marry Maddelena.
Anne, why should my marrying
Maddelena be a problem to us?
I was afraid
you felt that way, Rudi.
I wish you hadn't said it.
- Oh, forgive me, Anne.
- Forgive you?
That's all you can think of.
What you've been through,
what you feel. What about me?
Haven't I been with you
those same days and nights?
Haven't I felt the touch of
your hand when it touched mine?
Haven't I looked
into your eyes too?
- Listen to me--
- No, I'm sorry, Rudi.
I can't see it just your way.
Maybe I want
what Maddelena wants.
To wear my love in the open.
To be proud and happy with you.
It's too bad you never
thought of me like that.
Or maybe you did.
Maybe that's just not enough
of you to go around.
But I want you to love me.
I want you to marry her,
and I want my love to haunt you.
To make you lie awake at night.
To burn your heart,
to make you sick with pain.
I want you to think of me
and to ache for me.
I want never to see you again.
- You can't leave me, Anne.
- You can't hold me.
- As my wife, you'd stay.
- Oh, careful, Rudi.
I might think you meant that.
I never meant anything
in my life before.
Think, Rudi.
You don't wanna marry me.
- Marry me.
- And Madellena?
- What about Madellena?
- She'll have to understand.
- I'll tell her.
- When?
I couldn't tonight.
'All the world has come
to our festa tonight.'
The night in her bluest gown.
The moon
in his more silver face.
There are pearls on the grass
where tomorrow there'll be dew.
And the signorina to blind
them all with her light.
Wonderful, Giulio.
I've never heard you say
that much before in a week.
I've been known to say
much less, signor
and I've been known to say more.
Fine, you've said just enough.
Shall we go, darling?
- Of course.
- A moment, please.
Since this is the night of the
festa, signor, I beg permission
for one dance
with the signorina.
Certainly not.
Well, this is the one night
of the year, darling
when we forget about..
Giulio is a harmless sort.
I trust him with you anyway.
I've never been known
to damage the wing of a fly.
- You're drunk.
- Signor Pal says it's over.
I'm harmless.
- Drunk? I must be pitiful.
- Where will you be?
I shall have to bowl
with the contessa
and buy doves for Maddelena,
and take the admiral home
when his knees turn blue.
- I'll find you, darling.
- Be sure.
- Take good care of her, Giulio.
- As I would my own, signor.
How much did he pay you
for that kiss?
How much did he pay you
for that kiss?
You ask for a dance.
Very well, let's get it.
Don't look at me like that,
I-I-I can make you understand.
I can explain.
- Let me talk to you.
- Talk, Anni. Talk?
Where can we go?
Where can we be alone?
- Your house?
- No, not my house.
- Forgive me, Giulio.
- There's a summer house nearby.
We can go there if you like.
- Please.
- I better go first.
- Festa must be very near.
- Yes.
- Giulio.
- Why don't you look at me?
Do you remember when
I came to your little house?
The day I received the telegram
from the contessa.
I came to your house
because of that telegram.
I planned somehow,
I didn't know exactly
to hide it, to steal it.
I had to keep it
from the contessa.
And yet, I was afraid to come.
'Cause for a long time,
I felt that I loved you.
I felt it too.
I've never loved
like that before.
Inside of me.
Can you understand?
It frightened me
and made me angry.
I tried to hate you for it
and laughed at myself.
That afternoon
in your little house
I knew a happiness
I'd never known before.
I was in love with you, Giulio.
And I-I know only that
the telegram wasn't delivered.
You think everything I said and
did that day was for a purpose?
It must have been.
I know what was in the telegram.
But I love you now.
Now be as cheap as you like,
but not about that anymore.
It's not our love now,
nor yours. It's only mine.
So leave it to me.
- But believe me, I do.
- But you can't.
I have eyes to see with,
and ears I can hear.
Then hear this. I love you this
minute more than I did that day.
And as time goes on,
I shall probably love you
even more than now.
- But how?
- Giulio.
What is it, Anni?
I'm going to marry Rudi Pal.
- But you just said--
- I love you.
That's what I feel.
I can't help that.
- Yeah, that's what I want.
- But you can't want it.
Why not? He loves me. He told
me so. He asked me to marry him.
But we love each other.
You'll marry me.
There will be no lies
between us.
I know what you are.
You know what I am.
- We can be happy.
- He'll make me happy too.
He's got what I need
for happiness.
You don't know what you need.
Were you happy at that bar
in the waterfront?
You'll be just the same.
Your life will be just the same.
And who will it be to love?
And who'll love you?
Who wants love?
I've never had it.
I didn't ask for it now.
There's something else though.
Something I've had all my life.
Something I thought I'd have
to die to get rid of.
Have you ever been hungry,
Well, I have. They tell me
it's as strong as love.
Well, I'll tell you,
it's stronger.
All your life to want things
you've seen and heard about
and dreamed about.
Things like, well..
Like those lies
I told you that day.
You knew I was lying.
I couldn't even believe myself.
They were too fantastic.
Maybe I'll never have
all of them.
Maybe I'll never even
have one of them.
But I've had a taste,
and I've got a chance at more
and I'm gonna take it.
Do you see?
Oh, I see what you want.
But everything you love
in the world.
Even the trees, the water,
the wind..
The wind comes a long way
to see you.
You should be here to greet it
in the morning.
I'll see to it that you are.
We're leaving tomorrow night,
Rudi and I.
I won't let you marry him, Anni.
You can't stop me.
There's nothing you can do.
- I can deliver that telegram.
- But it's lost.
It blew away.
You couldn't find it ever.
Every well-organized
telegraph station
keeps copies of its telegrams.
You'd get into trouble.
I'll report you.
I'll tell them you should
have delivered it days ago.
Think of your family.
Your disgrace.
- You'll-you'll lose your job.
- I've never been hungry.
My love for you is stronger
than anything in my life so far.
Then if you love me, Giulio..
And stronger even than you,
- Stronger than both of us.
- Giulio.
Time for the morning mail,
Cousin Giulio.
How tiny the hotel looks
from here.
Must I remind you again, cousin,
we are in government business?
We're late.
A telegram?
For the hotel, cousin?
No, no, that's an old one.
- What are you looking at?
- Just looking.
That's what I thought.
Where do you want this?
I said where shall I put this?
Oh, anywhere.
Just keep it.
I can't tell whether you're
going to be married or buried.
You talk like
you're just starting to live
and you act as if
you were going to die.
That's the way I feel.
Like a kid that all her life has
been asking for a piece of candy
and somebody gives her
a whole store full.
And she just looks at it.
I oughta be happy, Maria.
Jump maybe, and singing.
Talking about everything
I'm gonna do with my money.
Keep you with me.
Get Rose's appendix taken out.
Buy a new mirror
for the restroom at the bar.
But I don't know.
Suddenly, there isn't any fun.
Suddenly I feel lost, like,
like I don't know the way home.
you don't want this really.
I'm not that lost.
Come on.
Let's get this packing done.
I'm a bride
and I'm gonna act like one.
I'll even manage to blush.
I wanna be there when you do.
What about this dress?
Oh, keep it.
I've worn it already.
How would it look
if I wore the same dress twice?
I can remember
when happiness to you
meant finding a piece of meat
in your stew.
Come in!
'Come in, Alberto.'
You see, I'm packing.
I leave you tonight.
- So..
- Yes, I'm going to be married.
- You know to Signor Pal.
- So..
Yes, I wanna thank you
for being so kind to me.
You were very helpful.
After I'm married,
I shall send you
a very fine check
for your trouble.
That would not be necessary,
Oh, but I would like to for
looking after me so wonderfully.
I looked after the signorina
because I-I was told to.
You see, I'm Giulio's cousin.
Come in!
- Rudi?
- Maddelena.
What is it, Rudi?
What makes you think
there is anything?
Rudi, I've known that look
on your face
ever since you ran my bicycle
into a tree.
- It's about us, isn't it?
- Yes, Maddelena.
And Anne, it's about her too.
I love her.
I know. I've seen it
in your eyes and hers.
There wasn't anything
I could do about it.
You sorta used me..
I thought it would be like
all of the others and it lasts.
I've loved you very much, Rudi.
I can't help myself.
You know that.
Of course, you can't.
Don't even try.
When will it happen?
Umm, we're leaving tonight.
So soon?
We're to be married in Orciano.
Oh, it's very lovely in Orciano.
Be sure to stay
at the Villa Rose.
It's so quiet and beautiful.
We spent a summer
there once, remember?
You wore your first full
dress suit.
And I danced all over your..
Oh, Maddelena.
Having felt
properly sorry for myself
we can all have dinner together
tonight before you go, can't we?
- Should we?
- Of course, we should.
I'd like to see Anne again.
I'd like to tell her..
I'd like to tell her
that I think she's very lucky.
Oh, please, Rudi,
get out of here.
- What time is it?
- It's 10:00.
- Oh, must be later than that.
- It's ten o'clock.
Oh, the day goes by so slowly.
What am I suppose to do
until nighttime comes?
Wait for it.
Why not climb up to your beloved
pines with your future--
Oh, he's busy
making arrangements.
He might permit the postman
to walk with you.
So what if I never see
another pine tree again
as long as I live.
What if I never welcome
the wind in the morning?
- 'What did you say?'
- Nothing.
Tomorrow, I won't care
what time it is.
Starting tomorrow, I won't care
whether it's day or night
or whether...
pine trees grow like pretzels.
I'll be a bride.
Hey, Maria, look at Anni.
I'm a bride.
Here comes the bride
all dressed in..
Red! The bride wore red.
Oh, my wonderful red dress.
You wouldn't let me
wear it before, Maria.
You were afraid and so was I.
But now, I'm not.
But I still wanna wear it
because I'm a bride..
...and I'm a lady.
I've been trying to remember you
at the Cordillera Bar.
So have I, and I can't.
He'll send me flowers
every night just like tonight.
It's a pity
they don't go with the dress.
I love them.
I'd like to wear them always.
Flowers don't die on me
like they do on other women.
Nothing you touch
will ever die, Anni
and nothing you touch
will ever live.
- What are you talking about?
- I'm afraid of you tonight.
I thought I knew you.
I thought you could love,
and be hurt
and grow like everything else
that lives
but you have no heart, Anni.
You're like a fire that
burns everything around it
and destroys whatever it touches
and in the end, destroys itself.
You can't remember
the waterfront
because you're still there.
This place,
all of this hasn't touched--
- Oh, shut up.
- You're the same.
You'll always be the same.
I'm afraid of you.
Have you gone crazy?
Sure, I'm crazy I guess.
I don't know what came over me.
These past weeks
haven't been exactly
a party for me, you know?
Oh, but from now on, it's going
to be a party, you'll see.
Well, I couldn't have done
without you, you old horse.
You know that?
Here, that's better. Now, come
on. Say goodbye to the bride.
I'd hit you with an old shoe
only...I'm wearing them.
But good luck to you.
Oh, no more of that.
It isn't necessary.
You see, Maria,
I've got what I want.
Yes, Anni.
You've got what you want.
- Good evening, signorina.
- Good evening.
Darling, it's been a whole day.
- Well, how do I look?
- You look..
You always look beautiful.
Oh, darling.
Is everything arranged?
We leave for Orciano
right after dinner.
We'll hurry dinner
as fast as we can.
It won't be much fun for me,
what with Maddelena and all.
Be nice to Maddelena.
Understand how she feels.
Oh, if she's nice to me.
She understands how I feel.
She will. Maddelena
couldn't be any other way.
Here she is,
ladies and gentlemen.
I'm sorry, I'm late
but I had so much to pack.
I want to wish you
the best of everything, Anne.
- I hope you'd be very happy.
- Thank you, Maddelena.
And I hope
we'll always be good friends.
I know we will,
that is if you don't mind
my getting jealous
every now and then.
Let's all sit down,
shall we? Anne?
Look at that.
'The we are, darling,
Rudi, the wood chopper'
'and his bucksome bride.'
I'd tell you how thoughtful and
how sweet you are, Maddelena
but I'd have to talk
about so many things.
They are the most elegant
bride and groom I could find
on such short notice.
What a shame
they had to be peasants.
Yet peasants fall in love,
and stay in love.
- I remember--
- Of course, this..
- I beg your pardon.
- I beg yours.
- Please.
- I insist.
- But, I really didn't--
- Neither did I, honestly.
Oh! Isn't this onion soup good?
Wonderful. My favorite dish
in all the world.
- Again thank you, Maddelena.
- Oh, it's just force of habit.
You'll have so many things
to remember, Anne.
He likes his coffee strong,
and his meat medium toward rare.
His eggs three minutes,
and none of the smelly cheeses.
And chocolate's bad
for him and..
I can imagine nothing of less
interest to the rest of us.
Would you like me
to close the door, Anne?
No, please, I like it open.
It lets the night in.
And I can hear the trees
and the wind.
Did you ever think how far
the wind has travelled just to..
- To what, Anne?
- To make my life miserable.
To everyone else in the world,
the wind is the wind.
To me, it's always the cold
in the head.
The peasant music.
Giulio's flute.
It's the first night in so long
that he's played
with the others.
He sounds very sad.
- And I know why.
- Why?
Because every night
isn't festa night.
He danced with Anne
at the festa.
How nice.
Too bad I missed seeing you.
Well, there was such a crowd
on the floor.
I saw them dance.
They looked charming.
Giulio had a little
too much wine to drink.
I'm surprised at myself
for leaving Anne alone with him.
That's more trust
than you ever had in me.
You never even let me
near a bar.
It's funny.
I didn't feel afraid for Anne.
I thought she could handle him.
I'm sure she could.
Rudi, would you close the door,
Certainly, darling.
What about the night?
The noise of the wind.
It's chilly now.
Funny, Giulio seems
to have left the others.
He's playing alone now.
Coming his way too,
from the sound.
He shouldn't be allowed
in the hotel grounds.
- Anne?
- Well, he shouldn't.
Oh, I'm sorry.
I've such a headache.
- Excitement and everything.
- Of course.
Perhaps you'd better go
to your room.
But that seems such a shame.
Our last night together.
I wouldn't think
of breaking up the party.
It's, uh, strange
I don't remember you, admiral.
Such a good friend of father's.
You were such
a little bit of a thing.
A sort of miniature
of what you are now.
- And what am I now?
- May I answer that?
No, please. The admiral.
I want to know
about myself as a child.
What I looked like?
What I said?
The clothes I wore,
and the things I did.
- Well, now, uh..
- But you must remember.
- I was a beautiful child.
- 'Yes.'
And I wore
the nicest of clothes.
Made it specially for me
even as a little girl.
And I wore my hair long,
and-and braids.
And I was a well-mannered
little girl too, wasn't I?
- A perfect, little lady.
- Yes.
Perfect, little lady.
You speak of yourself
so strangely.
Almost as one
might speak of the death.
Or as someone
who had never lived.
A telegram.
I'll bet it's for you, darling.
- From your mother.
- No, it's for the contessa.
Telegram for the contessa.
How did you know?
- Anne, is this--
- Yes, it's true.
You should have known
you couldn't get away with it.
Well, I missed by
only a very few minutes.
I can't understand. I should
have had this wire days ago.
The days go quickly
with Count Armalia.
He probably didn't think it
very important.
Anne, you poor darling.
Oh, don't feel sorry for me,
You should hate me
for what I've done to you.
But you won't.
You're the finest lady
I've ever known.
You're too good for Rudi.
But then, you're in love
with him.
I guess love makes you
to do crazy things.
You're not broken-hearted, Rudi,
any more than I am.
You want to marry Maddelena.
I know that.
I've known it ever since
you asked me to marry you.
A miracle saved you this time
but if you've any sense at all,
there won't be a next time.
You're very high class,
contessa, and very smart
but I'm just as smart,
remember that.
Admiral, will you ever forget
how you used to dandle me
on your knee?
Oh, Maria.
So he delivered the telegram?
He waited all day for you to do
it yourself but you wouldn't.
So he did it.
Because he loves you.
And you love him.
Because he thinks that's
most important to both of you.
You wish you could hate him
for it, but..
...cry instead.
Maybe you're not crying
about anything.
Maybe you're just crying..
...about everything.
Because you can't play anymore.
You can't have your own way.
Now you've got to go back.
So cry, Anni.
Cry all over your spilt milk.
No more crying.
No more tears.
There's nothing left
to cry about.
Isn't it ridiculous, Maria?
I should be hysterical now.
at the top of my voice.
Beating my head on the floor.
Here I am walking up and down as
though I have everything I want.
Everything I want.
How do I know what I want?
How does anyone know?
I guess you want
what you haven't got.
It's funny how light I feel.
As if I've been carrying a heavy
load for miles and miles and..
...suddenly I could put it down
and walk on without it.
Oh, I wanna dance.
Will you dance with me?
You in your lovely red dress.
Oh, it's such
a wonderful red dress.
Fit for a..
Fit for me.
It's really not beautiful
at all, you know?
It's too red, and too loud,
and too cheap.
I don't like it anymore.
I don't wanna wear it anymore.
It's yours, Maria.
I hate it.
I don't want it either.
What would I do with it?
Hang it on your wall and tell
people it's a picture of me.
Where is she?
Where is whatever her name is?
Inside, Signor Nobili. The..
The signorina
is-is changing her clothes.
Signorina? Signorina indeed!
- Yes, Signor Nobili.
- You're not to serve her.
You have to stop this instant,
did you understand?
Go back to the linen room.
She should be serving you.
- Yes, Signor Nobili.
- Well!
Yes, Senor Nobili.
You've had enough time to pack
your things. Now, get out.
Aren't you being
a little bit loud?
How dare you come
into my apartment
and yell like a fish monger?
- Get out.
- You get out first.
I've some things to attend to.
I'll give you five minutes.
I may need six or seven.
Also that slight matter
of the bill.
I've given some
of my clothes to the maid.
The rest
you may keep as payment.
The bird's nest is almost gone.
They build a new one every year.
- Where will you go, Anni?
- I haven't thought.
'What will happen to you?'
I'd like once more
to climb to the pines.
Very high.
The clearing on the top.
To look down once more.
- Anni.
- Only to look, Maria.
- I'm afraid.
- Well, you needn't be.
People are so wrong
about that too.
It isn't the way out for a
coward, but for a great courage.
- Great by far than mine.
- What about Giulio?
And in the morning,
there's a train back to Trieste.
- I have my ticket.
- What about Giulio?
He wouldn't want me now.
He couldn't.
The way things happened with me
because I want him so terribly.
Thank you, Alberto.
Did I ever tell you
that the Archduke of Austria
once rode in this cart?
It can't take me
where I'm going.
- Where are you going?
- To the pines first.
From there,
we can take you to the star.
- Giulio?
- Yes.
Giulio, you've shown me
how strong your love is
and how proud.
You couldn't want me now.
He's alright
when he gets started.
All I bring you is this dress,
and it isn't even faithful.
We won't worry about it,
the dressmaker..
- Is my cousin.
- Is your cousin?