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Thursday, October 15, 2015

And 'V', Well... Why Reinvent The Wheel?

Such a very creepy mask, such a deeply creepy movie...
but this is the month for such things is it not?

Despite its violence, always a turn-off for me,
V for Vendetta has a lot to offer.

Lots of great lines in this film.
Here are some which strike me especially
(just culling from the web here; no particular order to the lines):

Evey: My father was a writer. You would've liked him. He used to say that artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.
V: ...words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you...
Deitrich: You wear a mask for so long you forget who you were beneath it.

V: There is no certainty, only opportunity.
And here... here is V's vociferous self-introduction!

Vertiginous, isn't it? Here it is in print:

V: [Evey pulls out her mace] I can assure you I mean you no harm.

Evey Hammond: Who are you?

V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.

Evey Hammond: Well I can see that.

V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation; I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.

Evey Hammond: Oh. Right.

V: But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona.

V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.

[carves "V" into poster on wall]

V: The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.

V: [giggles]

V: Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

Evey Hammond: Are you, like, a crazy person?

V: I am quite sure they will say so.

Quite enough V's for now? I imagine so.
But please permit me this one more little choice bit of dialogue:

Evey Hammond: [reads] Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.

V: [translates] By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.

Evey Hammond: Personal motto?

V: From "Faust".

Evey Hammond: That's about trying to cheat the devil, isn't it?

V: It is.

(click the pic for more cool, V-inspired posts)


  1. I'm not one for violent movies, but you hooked me with that dialog! I'll check it out.

  2. Great post and story or V ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  3. Some great quotes there. I relished reading them.

  4. I saw Vendetta quite a while back and cannot remember anything about it. I wonder if I was taken by the dialogue after watching it as I am here now after reading some of it.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder


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