Margot


Margot

Drama based on events in the life of Margot Fonteyn. Fonteyn (Anne-Marie Duff) faces a crisis in her marriage and retirement as a prima ballerina, but then Rudolf Nureyev arrives.


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This film contains some strong language and some scenes of a sexual nature.

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WOMAN SINGS ON THE RADIO

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DOG BARKS OUTSIDE

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^ FOOTSTEPS APPROACH, KEYS JANGLE

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RADIO IS TURNED OFF

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SHE SIGHS

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BELL RINGS

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-Have you spoken to Tito?

-On the telephone. He knew you were coming straight from the airport.

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-Madam kept a seat back for him.

-How did he sound to you?

-Fit as a fiddle. As usual.

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-The authorities would've shot him if they caught him in Panama.

-It's a rum do all round! Jail!

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Oh, I don't know. They were even saying His Nibs used you as a decoy

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to get away, when he knew the whole coup was a damp squib.

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Oh, the press will say anything. It's a wonderful story for them, isn't it?

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I don't know, guns, boats... Madam was ready to make an announcement, you know.

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-Look, Lynne has already got the costume on.

-Mummy, you know how I hate letting people down.

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And I had a lovely sleep on the plane.

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The show must go on.

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And on and bloody on.

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MUSIC: "Swan Lake" by Tchaikovsky

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Tito! Oh, it's been torture.

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No news for six days. And then, when they said you were safe...

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Next time, definitely more guns.

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Goodness. I'm not sure I like the idea of a next time.

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Really?

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We always knew there was a risk the Guardia would be tipped off.

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Margot...

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This is my life, you know that.

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And it's infinitely more exciting

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than tripping around on your toes with Nancy boys. Admit it.

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Oh, God, I must pack, for the tour.

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Tell me about it.

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The land in Panama.

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It's on the coast.

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When we build the house, you'll be able to walk to the cove from the bottom of the garden.

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Green everywhere.

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We'll breed cattle - Argentinean stock.

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A simple building, no stairs. Cool inside, from the heat.

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Tiled floors.

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No more class...

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No class, no performance,

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just the two of us.

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One day, my love.

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I must telephone Harmodio.

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Nunez could be the weak link, now I think about it.

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There has been a coup of sorts.

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Tito...was it Moreno? Did he manage to get through to the Colombians?

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At Covent Garden. Nobody told you?

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Madam, Mummy and I were wondering...

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-Cadburys are keen on doing these for Christmas, what do you think?

-Are they? I don't know...

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-How's the dreaded foot? Going to survive Australia?

-Of course! But Mummy and I were...

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Margot and I were wondering about her becoming...

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-Yes, what is it, dear?

-Well, it was in the press.

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"Dame Margot Fonteyn has become a guest artist with the Royal Ballet."

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-It was in The Times.

-Yes, lovely.

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-Perhaps it would have been nice to have been consulted.

-After all she's done for the company.

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You were off in Panama, darling. Shenanigans!

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The Board and I just thought it was fairer all round.

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To the audiences, you see.

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They can't expect to see you as a regular prima, can they?

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Not with you dotting around the world gracing so many other companies with your presence.

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Quite right, too. Flies the flag for the Royal Ballet, after all.

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-I see.

-Splendid! Oh, Lord, yes, I see exactly what you mean.

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Couldn't you just get rid of this? Make it a bit less Ali Baba?

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Oh...

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That's so much nicer than the toffees, look.

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They gave you that awful squint.

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I have to get to the airport.

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Prima ballerina to guest artist. What am I honestly supposed to think?

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I think you're supposed to thank us for the promotion.

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Darling, you are the bedrock of the company, you know that.

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Aw, little Peggy Hookham's pats of butter.

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Oh, God, this takes me back to the old days.

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Coppelia in Wigan.

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-Mind you, the weather's better. Have you seen the digs yet?

-No.

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-Not yet.

-Morning, all!

-Morning!

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Anyway, it frees you up, doesn't it?

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To pursue Dr Arias round the globe, being the lady ambassador.

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God, Margot, that's what you famously want, isn't it?

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Well, yes, of course.

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But the timing has to be right. You know that.

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I can't just leave the company in the lurch, can I?

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No, of course not.

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You know, Margot, there's a little chap who gives the most fabulous injections. Belgian.

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-Office in Olympia. I'll give you the number when we get back.

-That's sweet, Michael, thank you.

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Tell me, Tito - is it really bigger than Michael's?

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-You'll never know, thank God.

-Oh... I like a challenge.

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-SHE LAUGHS

-Of course, you sewed yourself up again before the marriage?

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But remember, darling, I know where all the bodies are buried.

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-And their cocks.

-SHE GIGGLES

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I even remember what you sounded like before the elocution lessons.

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-NASAL VOICE:

-"Lord, make me good, but not yet."

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THEY LAUGH

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MUSIC: "Swan Lake"

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SHE PANTS

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APPLAUSE

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22 and a half. Worst yet.

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MUSIC ENDS

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So you've decided to say farewell to Swan Lake, eh?

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Probably for the best, dear. It's a beast to dance and it's never exactly been your finest hour.

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Now, this wretched gala, you're absolutely top of the bill,

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-especially now our marvellous Russian's a no-go.

-Ulanova?

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The commies won't let her go. It's tit for tat since they lost the boy. The one who ran away in Paris.

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They're hanging on to our marvellous Russian in case she gets the same idea, I suppose.

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In fact, he's supposed to be rather marvellous, too, so I thought we'd better get him instead.

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-Nureyev?

-Yes, the Russian boy.

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He's said he'll do it as long as he can dance with you.

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That's rather cheeky of him, isn't it?

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Darling, there's no end of gossip.

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Everyone's in love with him. They've gone dotty for him in Paris.

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He has the nostrils.

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Sign of genius.

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-Madam, I can't possibly...

-If you're worried about mutton dancing with lamb, dear,

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he's been partnering her at the Kirov and she's practically my age.

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-He probably has to steer her around the stage in a bath chair.

-Of course I'm not worried.

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I just can't let Gilpin down - not when it's been arranged for so long.

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-It'd be the worst possible manners.

-Well, if you won't be budged,

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perhaps you might at least show the poor boy some of your famous hospitality.

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Dame Margot, it seems such a glamorous life you lead.

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Oh, I think that's the costumes!

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I can assure you, there's not much that's glamorous about going to class every day and touring.

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Often, I'm just home from months away and I have to go straight off again.

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One gets quite lonely.

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Fortunately, Tito always sends me roses, wherever I'm dancing.

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-He's very romantic.

-But there's no question of you retiring, so you can spend more time together?

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Oh, I just seem to dance on and on and on!

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"La Fille Mal Gardee marks a new high point in the career of choreographer Frederick Ashton..."

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-And the Crystal as usual.

-"..and in Nadia Nerina, he has found an enchanting new muse as Lise."

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-What's he playing at?

-Nothing!

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Fred has no obligation to make all his work on me. I have Ondine.

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Three years ago, he made Ondine.

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Oh... This one's for the cellar.

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Mummy, Nadia's a wonderful dancer, she deserves to shine.

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Well, everyone's always wonderful to you.

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-I told you about the article in the Express.

-You'd be surprised how many people in high places

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are eager to discredit Tito and his family. And that includes members of the press.

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-High places. How many people must there have been in that nightclub?

-It was a nightclub!

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I go to nightclubs with members of the company. Tito meets clients in nightclubs.

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"Clients". Is that what you're calling them?

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Mummy, we are away from each other such an awful lot. When things are different...

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Telephone, Madam.

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-If wishes were horse, then beggars would ride.

-Hello?

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'Here is Nureyev. I am one hour at airport.'

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Oh, I'm so sorry, Madam told us you wouldn't be arriving till much later.

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-Stay there, I'll send a car for you.

-'I am at airport.'

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Yes. Stay.

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Attendez.

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Car will arrive.

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45 minutes.

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LINE GOES DEAD

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Here is Nureyev.

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-Oh!

-He took a taxi, ma'am.

-Well...

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Lovely to meet you.

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Welcome to England!

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What if the KGB sent him?

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Madam'd have something to say about that.

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Oh, Mummy. Thank God I stuck to my guns about the gala.

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MUSIC: "Le Corsaire"

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Fuck me, darling, he's better than Nijinsky!

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HUGE APPLAUSE AND CHEERS

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Oh.

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Oh, I forgot to mention - for the automatic rifles.

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They do seem to be awfully expensive.

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They are prohibitive, of course, but they are the latest model.

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Our contact in Geneva has turned out even better than we had hoped.

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Better without the necklace anyway, I think.

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Madam thinks I should dance Giselle with the Russian boy, Nureyev.

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Everyone's going crazy about him.

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I've never seen anything like it.

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But he does seem like a bit of a loose cannon.

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-Tito?

-Hmm?

-What do you think?

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Um, get on the bandwagon or get out.

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You don't want to be a back number, do you, darling?

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In any case, you can't make a revolution on the cheap.

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MUSIC: "Giselle"

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-Position is here.

-No, here.

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Is here, no-one see me.

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Is here, is better.

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But that IS the position. As taught to me by Karsavina, a Russian.

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So change.

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Rudolf...can I point out that I have been dancing Giselle since 1938?

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Oh, God! Don't tell me, you weren't even born then.

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No. Just... Is exact year!

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Need to take everything out of boxes,

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not so tidy. Or I just there to stop you falling.

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Is no point for me, as Nureyev.

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I suppose I am rather set in my ways.

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-Please, where I to live in London? In hotel is no soul.

-Oh, dear.

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Well, we have masses of room at the embassy.

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Is better.

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-We have conversation.

-Yes.

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No more boxes.

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Don't worry, darling. They make a lovely couple, but I can't quite see Erik as Giselle, can you?

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LAUGHTER AND CHATTER

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It would be hard if the government condoned those actions. >

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-Correct.

-Yes, especially if the conflict hasn't been resolved yet.

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I'm afraid I haven't the slightest idea about Nicaragua.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Tito, darling, is it possible to hire mercenaries from across the border?

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You'll have to forgive my wife.

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She is a child of the theatre.

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Her grasp of politics is somewhat Ruritanian.

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Isn't it, my love?

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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Margot. You convince me.

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What happened to ribbon?

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There was ribbon.

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Here, the day I arrived.

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Oh.

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It was the dry cleaners.

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They lost it.

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HE EXCLAIMS

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I was thinking, I might dance Swan Lake again.

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-Is me. I love you!

-Rudolf, I could've been Cathy or anyone.

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You must stop ringing.

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LAUGHTER

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It's really the reason I'd given Swan Lake up.

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-I absolutely dread doing them!

-What is mechanic for fouette?

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I don't know. I just do them and hope for the best.

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Push shoulder. Push!

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So. You are great ballerina - show me!

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I must say, whatever you think about his retire in pirouette,

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he's certainly fucked the old girl into shape.

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"Last night at Covent Garden, a miracle took place."

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-Gosh.

-"In the familiar guise of Dame Margot Fonteyn,

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"a new dancer was born, and that dancer is the greatest dancer in the world."

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-Oh, golly.

-That was just one of the reviews.

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KNOCK ON DOOR > Oh, God, not again.

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-Cathy'll be handing in her notice.

-I've had them ringing up, you know. Reporters.

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Wanting to know about the boy living here.

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Well, I hope you told them I'm Rudolf's London Nanny. Oh, Mummy...

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All that's for the stage! People probably think I'm part swan as well.

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Maybe they do. As long as you know what's what.

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'It's a wonderful professional partnership.'

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I appreciate people would like it to be a love story, but I am very much in love with my husband,

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and Rudolf, you know, has his own life as well!

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This I cannot talk about.

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Erik! I go.

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Rudolf, we better to get a move on or we'll be late for class.

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Shit! You dance like shit! Shit!

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Well...

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then perhaps you could show me a way to do it that isn't shit, Rudolf.

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Fred says Erik has taken up an offer to dance for the Canadians.

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Yes.

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And now, he is back in Denmark.

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Then he goes.

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He say there no room for him in London.

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Not as dancer.

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Not as lover.

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Rudolf, I've been part of a ballet company since I was 14.

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I know how it is.

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I don't expect to be the woman...

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THEY SPEAK RUSSIAN

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SHE LAUGHS AND TALKS EXCITEDLY

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SHE CONTINUES TALKING IN RUSSIAN

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Mama?

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Who is this, your mother?

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Wait.

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I'm sorry, I'm sorry, Nureyev, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

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SHE LAUGHS

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I be proud for you to be my mother.

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Oh, thank you so much darling! It's still not a compliment!

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I see you later.

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FOOTSTEPS >

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WHISPERING >

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Morning, mate. How d'you get out of this place?

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Through there.

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So there I am between John Wayne and Ari Onassis, waiting to shake hands, you know?

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And President Kennedy looks at us, one, two three, and says, "Which one is carrying the gun?"

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And John and Ari both point, and at the same time they say, "Tito!"

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Everything is OK for you, Rudi?

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Chicken lunch, chicken performance.

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I don't know if I mentioned darling, Fred is making a new ballet for Rudolf and I, Marguerite and Armand.

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-You know Dumas, Le Dame aux Camelias.

-Ah, yes.

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The romantic prostitute.

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Courtesan.

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You give the prostitute a crinoline and she's a courtesan.

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I remember the film, with Garbo.

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She loves, she coughs a little, she dies.

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It's good, to bring the audiences in, considering what they think is going on between you two.

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Do you know the significance of the camellias?

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-No!

-She wears the white ones always.

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But when she bleed, she wears the red, to tell the men not to fuck her.

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I read about.

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No, no. More et pul mon.

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Melt into him.

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Give yourself to him.

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Down and lower.

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Head on breast.

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It's been like pulling teeth, as per.

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For me I mean.

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-I suppose it'll be all right.

-My God, Fred!

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What is it they're calling it?

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Rudimania?

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The two of them could do the Twist for all this audience cares.

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Thank you, Tito.

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HYSTERICAL CHEERING

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Well. We've never heard anything quite like it.

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Absolute sheer madness.

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People who've never seen a ballet in their lives queuing with their sleeping bags to get tickets.

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Mobbing us!

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Marguerite and Armand has been an amazing triumph.

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Beyond our wildest dreams, really.

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It was so lovely of Tito to fly in for the first night,

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considering the demands on him, you know, in Panama.

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There is really no point trying to explain again.

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Of course I understand you want to stand for office, but what about the embassy?

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-Obviously, my darling, I can't be an ambassador and run for deputy in Panama.

-That's what I mean!

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So we'll get out of the lease here, we buy a house over there.

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I see. Goodness. The ranch by the sea!

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If I'm in the government we'll need somewhere in the city.

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Of course, I wasn't thinking.

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Tito, does this mean

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do you want me to give up my career?

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If I'm elected, of course. But not yet.

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Good, because the timing's dreadful, with this huge American tour.

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Political campaigns eat money.

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This is something important, this is something real.

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Of course when Tito and I retire we'll be able to spend as much time together as we'd like.

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I look forward to that.

0:35:240:35:27

But now your partnership with Rudolf Nureyev goes from strength to strength.

0:35:270:35:32

The two of you have conquered Europe.

0:35:320:35:35

America's next on the agenda.

0:35:350:35:37

-Are you really thinking of retirement?

-Not at the moment.

0:35:370:35:42

Dancing with Rudolf is such a great gift.

0:35:420:35:45

He's taught me so much.

0:35:450:35:47

Always cash.

0:35:500:35:53

Of course you and your husband have never had children.

0:35:560:36:00

No.

0:36:000:36:01

No.

0:36:030:36:05

Rudolf Nureyev is almost 20 years younger than you.

0:36:400:36:43

Is that something that you're very aware of?

0:36:430:36:46

Not when we're dancing.

0:36:490:36:51

He makes me feel 25!

0:36:520:36:56

ROCK MUSIC PLAYS

0:36:560:36:58

Come on Rudi, baby! Be cool!

0:37:270:37:33

Sit down.

0:37:330:37:34

Well, no I don't think of it as elitist because I remember the war, you see.

0:37:440:37:47

Oh, no thank you. Rudolf?

0:37:470:37:50

The audiences were such a joy. They came from all over, they really did.

0:37:510:37:55

But there wasn't anything else for the poor bastards to do over there, was there?

0:37:550:38:00

-DOOR CRASHES

-This is a raid! Everybody....

0:38:000:38:03

Tito's wedding ring, I've lost his wedding ring,

0:38:050:38:09

I must have dropped it. It must be here somewhere.

0:38:090:38:13

-Come on!

-No wait!

0:38:130:38:15

Released without charge,

0:38:240:38:28

thank God. I must say you've never struck me as the sort to be a dope fiend.

0:38:280:38:33

Oh, the papers are ridiculous.

0:38:330:38:36

What I can't stop thinking about is Tito's wedding ring.

0:38:360:38:38

It's rather hard not to see it as some sort of an omen.

0:38:380:38:40

It doesn't mean anything, darling.

0:38:400:38:43

Of course, if it were in a ballet, the ring would be enchanted

0:38:430:38:47

and its loss would lead to your death,

0:38:470:38:50

beautifully, in the third act.

0:38:500:38:52

Aspreys'll do you a replacement.

0:38:520:38:54

Tito needn't even know,

0:38:540:38:58

although if he left it in the first place...

0:38:580:39:00

Let's not talk about it any more.

0:39:000:39:03

-Oh! Just like that?

-There's no point, is there?

0:39:030:39:05

If something upsets you and you can't do anything about it.

0:39:050:39:09

You should just put it in a box and lock it tight away.

0:39:090:39:13

That's what I've always done, with all sorts of things,

0:39:130:39:16

and it's always worked quite wonderfully.

0:39:160:39:18

Rudolf was saying about Swan Lake,

0:39:210:39:24

how Odette and Odile used to be danced by two different dancers,

0:39:240:39:28

white swan, black swan.

0:39:280:39:29

-It's quite recent, the role as two sides of the same personality.

-Odd, isn't it?

0:39:290:39:34

And now it's impossible to think of it in any other way.

0:39:340:39:37

He's so interesting about these things.

0:39:390:39:42

You know, Margot, darling,

0:39:430:39:46

there is such a thing as divorce.

0:39:460:39:49

MUSIC: "Swan Lake"

0:39:530:39:56

The characters you play in ballet are rather removed from real life, wouldn't you agree?

0:40:480:40:53

Of course.

0:40:530:40:55

Giselle is an 18 year-old peasant girl who becomes a spirit.

0:40:550:40:59

Odette is a princess who's been turned into a swan.

0:40:590:41:03

Odile is a magician's daughter pretending to be a princess who's been turned into a swan, goodness!

0:41:030:41:08

Being someone else must be second nature to you.

0:41:270:41:30

Well, it's tremendous fun, you see.

0:41:300:41:32

Like leading a double life!

0:41:320:41:34

PHONE RINGS

0:41:340:41:37

Hello?

0:41:400:41:42

Tito.

0:41:420:41:44

You said midnight.

0:41:440:41:45

I did wait up.

0:41:450:41:48

No, midnight. Is it?

0:41:480:41:52

I see. Of course, I know you've seen Swan Lake a million times.

0:41:570:42:00

Yes, you too.

0:42:020:42:04

Oh, I wired the money to Panama. It should be there when you arrive.

0:42:040:42:08

I could come and meet...

0:42:080:42:10

PHONE LINE GOES DEAD

0:42:100:42:13

DOOR CLOSES

0:42:200:42:23

Is late.

0:42:310:42:34

Yes. Very.

0:42:340:42:37

No, you haven't understood. He isn't expecting me because I couldn't get through on the telephone.

0:43:220:43:26

I fail to see how I am supposed to manage a campaign without a secretary.

0:43:450:43:50

-She doesn't even have her own room!

-An economy.

0:43:500:43:53

Oh, Tito. When have you ever, in your entire life, economised?

0:43:530:43:57

Must we really have this quite boring scene?

0:43:570:44:01

We are not children, Margot.

0:44:010:44:03

We are not newlyweds.

0:44:030:44:05

We are not so long married.

0:44:050:44:07

Oh, spare me the Sleeping Beauty.

0:44:070:44:10

What did you think would happen, marrying me?

0:44:100:44:15

Think? I loved you!

0:44:150:44:18

-From that moment in Cambridge...

-Cambridge!

0:44:180:44:21

We kissed when we were 18.

0:44:210:44:25

And you kept yourself pure for me

0:44:250:44:27

until you reached the magical age of 35

0:44:270:44:30

and all your friends had husbands?

0:44:300:44:32

Despite the fact I was a married man with three children?

0:44:320:44:38

Really? How much make-believe is there in that head of yours?

0:44:380:44:41

-You pursued me.

-Yes.

0:44:410:44:44

And you let yourself be caught.

0:44:440:44:47

But this isn't the ballet, you know?

0:44:480:44:52

My God, there really is nothing for you outside it, is there?

0:44:570:45:03

You talk of retiring, talk and talk, but when?

0:45:030:45:07

When will you be MY wife?

0:45:070:45:09

I AM your wife.

0:45:090:45:11

Tito, if you want me to retire...

0:45:110:45:13

Oh, don't be ridiculous!

0:45:130:45:16

I don't understand! How can you... how can you humiliate me like this?

0:45:160:45:23

KNOCK AT DOOR

0:45:230:45:25

Patrizia's friends had volunteered to help with the leafleting.

0:45:450:45:52

"Margot, girl of mine, do not fret in that way that you have and I so adore.

0:46:220:46:29

"Your Tito is with you.

0:46:290:46:31

"Not Tito the bold or Tito the clown or even Tito the lover,

0:46:320:46:36

"but simply Tito

0:46:360:46:39

"who is yours.

0:46:390:46:40

"You must know this.

0:46:420:46:44

"Even if miles part us

0:46:440:46:47

"and my behaviour leads you sometimes to doubt it.

0:46:470:46:50

"I write these words not to make a gesture

0:46:520:46:55

"but merely because they are the truth.

0:46:550:46:57

"Your heart knows that truth.

0:46:570:47:01

"Your sad,

0:47:010:47:03

"gentle heart

0:47:030:47:05

"which only I understand and cherish.

0:47:050:47:08

"The truth that Tito loves you most dearly."

0:47:080:47:13

-You get this morning?

-No.

0:47:140:47:17

Eight years ago.

0:47:180:47:21

A month before we got married.

0:47:210:47:23

Why you marry him?

0:47:320:47:34

So. Flowers.

0:47:380:47:41

The first time we met, before the war,

0:47:450:47:48

then years later, when he came to my dressing room in New York.

0:47:480:47:52

He always had this, this extraordinary belief in himself.

0:47:540:47:58

It makes me realise how silly it all is,

0:47:580:48:02

dressing up and standing on one leg, as he calls it.

0:48:020:48:04

The other men, it can get rather wearing, being considered perfect.

0:48:090:48:13

I suppose Tito's always made me feel it's me he wants,

0:48:170:48:21

not her.

0:48:210:48:22

-Her?

-Dame Margot Fonteyn. Prima ballerina.

0:48:240:48:29

But that is who you are. Absolute.

0:48:300:48:34

Margot, marry me?

0:48:400:48:44

Rudolf, darling, you're truly not the marrying kind.

0:48:440:48:49

Erik? I know he's invited you to Canada.

0:48:490:48:53

We have arrangements.

0:48:530:48:55

All of us. We are sophisticated people.

0:48:550:48:58

I doubt very much anyone's that sophisticated.

0:48:580:49:01

Oh, Rudik, you have the nostrils.

0:49:050:49:09

I help little bit, when I am at school.

0:49:090:49:11

With pencils.

0:49:130:49:15

Dr Arias was held in solitary confinement for 72 hours in connection

0:49:220:49:26

with the seizure of 1,000 cases of whisky off the coast of Panama.

0:49:260:49:32

The contraband was on a boat connected to a previous coup attempt made by Dr Arias.

0:49:320:49:38

Honestly, Mummy, there's no chance at all Tito would get himself mixed up in something like that.

0:49:380:49:43

-What on earth would he want to smuggle whisky for?

-Money?

0:49:430:49:47

Hello, yes, is that the international operator?

0:49:470:49:51

Yes, that's right. I've booked a call to Rome.

0:49:510:49:54

Yes, of course.

0:49:540:49:56

-Where are my roses?

-Sorry, Dame Margot.

0:49:560:50:01

It'll be dirty tricks, because of the campaign.

0:50:010:50:03

The government is desperate to discredit him.

0:50:030:50:06

-I don't know why they bother. He's perfectly capable of doing that himself.

-Mummy!

0:50:060:50:10

Hello? Yes, Gritti Palace Hotel.

0:50:100:50:12

He's expecting my call.

0:50:120:50:16

No roses tonight, Dame Margot.

0:50:160:50:17

Hello, Tito? Oh, I see.

0:50:190:50:24

Perhaps you could ask him to call me, as soon as he can.

0:50:260:50:29

It's his wife.

0:50:290:50:31

Margot.

0:50:310:50:33

Please tell him it's important.

0:50:330:50:35

Cathy, did you put these in here?

0:50:420:50:44

Oh, yes, Mrs Arias.

0:50:440:50:47

-They were left on the bedside table.

-When?

0:50:470:50:51

When Dr Arias was last here.

0:50:510:50:54

SHE GROANS

0:51:020:51:05

MUSIC: "Giselle"

0:51:050:51:07

-'Darling, I am so sorry.'

-Tito, enough.

0:52:110:52:15

I've had enough.

0:52:150:52:18

I think we should meet to talk about a divorce, don't you?

0:52:180:52:22

Does the boy know?

0:52:270:52:29

Not yet. I feel like the most, awful, awful failure.

0:52:290:52:35

Oh, for God's sake darling.

0:52:350:52:38

No-one knows how you've put up with it all these years.

0:52:380:52:41

Is that really what people think?

0:52:410:52:43

Hmm? Sod what people think.

0:52:430:52:45

Anyway, you'll probably never be able to pin Tito down long enough

0:52:450:52:50

to get him to sign divorce papers.

0:52:500:52:52

When it comes down to it, we're all failures, one way or another.

0:52:540:52:58

Fred, you're a genius!

0:52:580:52:59

Everyone says so.

0:52:590:53:01

Oh, no-one's all they're cracked up to be, are they?

0:53:010:53:04

Every time I get into a studio I haven't a clue what I'm doing, you know that.

0:53:040:53:10

Complete agony.

0:53:100:53:13

And whatever comes out isn't a patch on what I had in my head

0:53:130:53:17

when I first heard the music and saw what it might be. Never!

0:53:170:53:21

Ballet demands perfection, always.

0:53:210:53:25

But perfection

0:53:250:53:28

is impossible in this life.

0:53:280:53:31

So why the hell you said we'd do this awful piece

0:53:320:53:36

in this bloody gala, I simply have no idea(!)

0:53:360:53:40

So, we work.

0:53:430:53:45

Bloody cheek!

0:53:540:53:56

What's the rest of the costume going to be?

0:53:560:53:59

It's contemporary darling, no tutus.

0:53:590:54:01

Just me in jockstrap. No-one will look at your feet.

0:54:010:54:05

There'll be plenty of other things to look at if they don't lengthen my tunic just a bit, Fred.

0:54:050:54:09

Tits and teeth darling! Never fails!

0:54:090:54:11

Come on, chick. You'd better go first, through the back way.

0:54:110:54:15

There was swarms of the buggers when we left the studio.

0:54:150:54:18

They're determined to get something on the two of you.

0:54:180:54:21

-Very intrepid, these hacks.

-Maybe I hold Fred hand, see what they say.

0:54:210:54:25

-Don't you dare!

-Is that all?

0:54:250:54:27

Everything all right?

0:54:330:54:35

Bit tired. You know what a slave driver Fred is.

0:54:350:54:37

And Rudolf, for that matter.

0:54:370:54:39

I was going to knock.

0:54:470:54:49

The reporters. Is Tito.

0:54:540:55:00

He's been shot.

0:55:000:55:02

Margot!

0:55:130:55:15

Margot!

0:55:150:55:17

SHE WEEPS

0:55:420:55:45

He is alive.

0:55:540:55:55

But Tito's brother says you must come to Panama.

0:55:580:56:01

You can tell me a bit more now.

0:56:290:56:32

He was in the car, at traffic lights.

0:56:320:56:37

They catch the man. Jimenez? Jimenez.

0:56:410:56:45

No, that can't be right. He and his wife are two of our closest friends in Panama.

0:56:460:56:51

-That is name.

-It can't be!

0:56:510:56:54

Oh, God, Rudik, it's really the most awful timing.

0:57:010:57:05

Obviously the shooting came as the most terrible shock.

0:57:180:57:23

It was very hard to know what to do.

0:57:230:57:27

I suppose I simply took it one day at a time.

0:57:270:57:32

And I prayed.

0:57:350:57:37

He was always in my thoughts.

0:57:390:57:41

I'm not going to Panama. I'm not!

0:57:420:57:45

What's the world going to think?

0:57:450:57:47

Well, they can think what they like.

0:57:470:57:49

Harmodio says he believes Tito is going to pull through.

0:57:490:57:52

That's good enough for me. God knows, Tito's the last person in the world who'd want any kind of fuss.

0:57:520:57:57

Fuss? This has happened, Margot!

0:57:570:57:59

You can't put it in one of those little boxes of yours and lock it away.

0:57:590:58:04

I hear as much company gossip as you do.

0:58:040:58:07

I know you were thinking of leaving him.

0:58:070:58:09

He has someone else. She'll be there at the hospital.

0:58:090:58:12

-She'll be the one he wants.

-Oh, chick.

0:58:120:58:16

You're his wife.

0:58:160:58:18

And you need to explain yourself to the papers. It looks so heartless.

0:58:180:58:21

I'd made up my mind, I'm not missing the gala.

0:58:210:58:24

If you won't do it for him, think of the company. Think of Madam.

0:58:240:58:27

All we've worked for.

0:58:270:58:29

-Your duty, Margot.

-My duty?

0:58:290:58:32

God, mummy! 30 years, more, most of them in pain of one kind or another.

0:58:320:58:39

I've done everything you and Madam and Fred have asked me to.

0:58:390:58:41

I changed my name, my bloody nose, God knows we made damn sure there were no,

0:58:410:58:48

no babies to get in the way of my dancing.

0:58:480:58:51

Fred even stopped me smoking, do you remember? "Ballerinas don't smoke".

0:58:510:58:55

It was worth, every bit of it.

0:58:550:58:57

-Look where you've got to.

-Yes, look!

0:58:570:59:00

-Sometimes I think if I see another flower, I'll actually have to scream!

-It's lovely, to be given so much.

0:59:000:59:06

-Yes, don't tell me, all the lessons, leaving Daddy, scrimping for costumes, I do know.

-It was worth it.

0:59:060:59:13

-Every scrap. I'm just not going to see you throw it away.

-But what about me?

0:59:130:59:18

It's a bit late for that.

0:59:180:59:21

MUSIC: "Swan Lake"

0:59:270:59:29

AIRPLANE ENGINE RUMBLES

1:00:061:00:08

PA ANNOUNCEMENT IN SPANISH

1:00:101:00:13

SHE GASPS

1:01:431:01:45

MACHINE HISSES AND CLICKS

1:01:501:01:53

Tell Fred they'll have to get Lynn for Sunday's performance, if they can.

1:02:221:02:27

I don't know. There's no question of me coming back now, Mummy.

1:02:271:02:30

Everything's...

1:02:301:02:33

Everything's changed.

1:02:331:02:36

I can't talk to Rudolf, not now.

1:02:361:02:38

Tell him.

1:02:381:02:40

I just can't.

1:02:401:02:43

HE GROANS

1:02:491:02:51

I'm sorry, darling, I can't give you any more, I can't.

1:02:531:02:56

HE GASPS

1:03:001:03:03

-HE MUMBLES

-They get him?

1:03:031:03:08

Jimenez? Of course not.

1:03:081:03:10

Modi says the Chief of Police knows where he is.

1:03:101:03:14

Of course.

1:03:141:03:16

They're buddies.

1:03:161:03:19

Tito...were you "friendly" with his wife?

1:03:241:03:29

You English...

1:03:311:03:34

are obsessed with sex.

1:03:341:03:38

HE LAUGHS HOARSELY

1:03:381:03:40

Oh, Dr Vallarino...

1:04:191:04:21

I think my husband needs to be taken to where he can get the best care.

1:04:221:04:26

STRETCHER RATTLES For goodness' sake, be careful with him.

1:04:381:04:42

Tito, darling, I have to go now, to catch a plane for this damned festival.

1:04:421:04:46

I'll telephone from Spoleto. I am so sorry. I hate having to do this.

1:04:461:04:51

They are paying you in lira?

1:05:041:05:07

No, sterling, as you said. I insisted.

1:05:071:05:12

What is the ballet?

1:05:121:05:15

-Raymonda.

-Ah.

1:05:151:05:18

I know. But imagine how beautifully I'll be able to dance that scene

1:05:191:05:23

where she sees her lover off to the Crusades.

1:05:231:05:27

All our goodbyes, my darling.

1:05:291:05:31

All my waiting for you.

1:05:311:05:33

Now I wait.

1:05:421:05:43

APPLAUSE

1:06:331:06:36

Thank God you taught me to get paid in cash.

1:06:381:06:40

Is all for this hospital?

1:06:401:06:43

Well, it is the best place in the world.

1:06:431:06:45

If anyone can get Tito moving again, they can.

1:06:451:06:48

And what if it's not possible?

1:06:481:06:49

I'm not going to think about that.

1:06:511:06:54

I speak to Lynn in London. She is very upset.

1:07:011:07:05

You and me, we dance first performance of Romeo And Juliet.

1:07:051:07:10

Surely not. Kenneth made it on her and Christopher. It's not our ballet.

1:07:101:07:15

Margot, we are Coca-Cola now.

1:07:151:07:18

Everybody want to see Fonteyn and Nureyev, and not Seymour and Gable.

1:07:181:07:22

SHE SIGHS

1:07:221:07:25

Maybe Seymour and Nureyev.

1:07:281:07:30

DOOR BURSTS OPEN Miss Fonteyn!

1:07:301:07:33

You must come to hotel. It's the telephone. Very bad. It's your husband.

1:07:331:07:38

Margot!

1:07:381:07:39

You've had a terribly high temperature. Convulsions.

1:07:511:07:56

But you're not to worry, Tito.

1:07:561:07:58

Tito, the consultant says you're going to be perfectly all right.

1:07:581:08:02

I'm going to stay here.

1:08:021:08:04

Try to get some more sleep.

1:08:061:08:08

Shh, shh, shh.

1:08:081:08:11

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC PLAYS

1:08:261:08:30

So, now you are a saint.

1:09:561:09:58

-SHE SCOFFS Hardly.

-Yes, you are saint.

1:09:581:10:03

Sleep at hospital, into class, back to performance, back to hospital.

1:10:041:10:10

Anyone would do the same, believe me.

1:10:101:10:14

Rudolf, he can't do anything for himself.

1:10:141:10:18

He has to have a catheter in his penis just to urinate.

1:10:181:10:22

If it were me, I would say, "Let me die."

1:10:221:10:26

He has.

1:10:261:10:29

Every day now, when I try to give him breakfast, that's what he says.

1:10:291:10:33

I hope it might be something different, because it's so hard to understand him,

1:10:331:10:37

but that's what he's saying.

1:10:371:10:39

"Let...me...die.

1:10:391:10:41

"I want to die."

1:10:431:10:46

Then what is point?

1:10:481:10:50

-What about babies?

-SHE LAUGHS

1:10:531:10:56

We could have babies.

1:10:561:10:59

Boy like me, girl like you.

1:10:591:11:02

Or just boy.

1:11:021:11:03

Rudik...

1:11:031:11:06

even if that were possible...

1:11:061:11:10

You opened all the boxes for me, but now...

1:11:101:11:13

No, we opened together.

1:11:131:11:14

Yes.

1:11:171:11:19

But now the time has gone.

1:11:211:11:23

You look old.

1:11:301:11:31

DOORBELL RINGS

1:11:511:11:53

Yes, I don't see why not.

1:11:581:12:00

It's some years since the last procedure.

1:12:001:12:04

The nose...

1:12:041:12:05

has held up well.

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McIndoe, unless I'm mistaken.

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That's right. How much will it cost?

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Oh, my secretary will give you the list of my fees.

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Can I say, Dame Margot, I saw you at the Wells in the '30s, when I was a medical student.

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Rio Grande. Terrific music. Real pep to it.

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Dancing that tango... My word! You were the most ravishing creature I'd ever seen.

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Like a ripe peach.

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And next you will be dancing Juliet?

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I very much hope so.

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Kenneth MacMillan is actually making the ballet on Lynn Seymour but I might get a crack at it.

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Juliet is a 14-year-old girl.

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SHE LAUGHS Of course.

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Always the bridesmaid...

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Oh! How go the star-crossed lovers?

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Oh, getting there.

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Let's face it, Fred, at my age I should really be playing the Nurse, not Juliet.

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Or Carabosse.

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Oh, God! Margot, you look younger every year. You must give me the number, darling.

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No, I just meant you as the wicked fairy.

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Tito...under your spell.

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No more goodbyes, no more getting left in the lurch.

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I know it's taken an absolute calamity

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but you have finally got him where you want him, haven't you?

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I mean, he might even sit through one of your performances.

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How can you think...?!

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Do you honestly imagine, Fred, anyone would have chosen this?

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I forget. After me.

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Tito's consultant says, with his paralysis, the only hope is muscle memory.

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If you do something enough times,

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your muscles just take over. The body remembers it all.

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Of course, heart is a muscle.

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Rudolf, Tito has never adored me,

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but he's never wanted me to adore him either. Not the way that I want to.

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I just want to give love.

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Does that make sense?

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And now I have the chance, this has happened.

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-OK. Your choice.

-Hardly.

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Yes, always.

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It's like taking Juliet away from Lynn.

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That was nothing to do with me, you know that! That was the board's decision.

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So, you don't want to dance - you don't want to dance Juliet?

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You want to give younger girl the chance to be a star, refuse. Your choice.

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It's like you play with Tito - at revolution in his country.

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My country had a revolution.

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I can never go back. I go back, they throw me in prison, make me shit in a bucket until I die.

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My life is real, always.

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It's good, it's real. It's bad, real.

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My choice.

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Thank you, Sister.

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Hello, my darling. Mr Goodman is very pleased with you, you know.

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-He thinks if you continue with the physical...

-How long?

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Sorry?

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How long?

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Well...

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as long as it takes.

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As long as I can put one foot in front of another, I'll pay for you to have the best care possible.

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It's bound to make a difference.

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Truly.

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One day, the ranch by the sea.

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Promise.

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-BELL RINGS

-Always a bit nerve-wracking, a first night.

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Do you remember the first time in New York, Sleeping Beauty?

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I thought you were going to be sick right there on the stage!

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And you were the toast of the town.

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Whatever they say about tonight...

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Well, you just don't know, do you?

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It doesn't matter.

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Everything you've done, you've made me the proudest mother in the world.

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You really have.

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You've been quoted as saying, "One should take one's art absolutely seriously, but oneself, never."

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Yes, I think that's marvellous advice.

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I can't claim it as mine, I'm afraid.

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Someone said it to me, a long, long time ago.

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-They were right, I think.

-So you follow that advice?

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You take your art more seriously than yourself?

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-I hope so.

-Some might say that's a recipe for wonderful art, but a less than wonderful life.

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Surely, Dame Margot, one's life is the thing one should take most seriously of all?

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Full house, naturally.

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How is foot?

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You know, when Fred and Madam decided they were going to make me dance leading roles...

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I was terrified.

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Not just that I wouldn't be able to do the steps, or remember it all...

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..but because there was nothing inside me.

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I didn't know a thing.

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-You were a child.

-Yes, but no-one wanted that, did they?

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They needed a prima ballerina.

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So I thought, "I'll learn,

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"I'll just copy.

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"I'll do the steps and be Giselle

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"and maybe then there'll be something inside me.

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"I'll come out of the painted cottage...

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"into the painted countryside

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"and fall in love,

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"and go mad,

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"and die

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"and come back as a spirit,

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"and it'll all be real."

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It still is.

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It's the only thing in my life that is -

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pretending.

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Out there...

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suffering.

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My choice.

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SHE SOBS

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Drama based on events in the life of ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn. At the beginning of the 1960s, Fonteyn faces retirement from her career as a prima ballerina and a crisis in her marriage to Panamanian 'politician' Tito de Arias. When the much younger Rudolf Nureyev arrives on the scene, he transforms Margot's professional and personal life in a partnership celebrated around the world. But when Tito is shot and paralysed, the dancer faces an agonising choice about her future.


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