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March 24, 2020 12:36 AM   Subscribe

Looking for a scene from a movie or tv: Out protagonist, a political operative of some sort, is sitting in a mostly empty auditorium, flipping through a book while listening with one ear to a small debate. An operative of a politician competing with our protagonists sits down closeby and asked what PO1 is reading. PO1 replies with a memorable quote from the book, and OP2 says "I'll steal that quote".

Later, the politian of PO2 is on stage in front of an audience and press, reading the quote, preambling it with "a wise man once said…".

Turns out the quote was a setup and it belonged to Goebbels or somesuch, causing a brouhaha.

Might have been from House of Cards, but I can't find it. Does this ring a bell?
posted by monocultured to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For some reason I’m thinking The Ides of March.
posted by yawper at 5:42 AM on March 24

I don't recall details, but Ides of March was my first thought as well.
posted by kevinbelt at 5:56 AM on March 24

Is it possible it’s “Dwight’s Speech”?
posted by CMcG at 6:04 AM on March 24

Argh, this is driving me nuts, I have definitely seen this scene. And I'm not familiar with Ides of March at all fwiw. My first thought was West Wing (not a show I've watched, but I've at least seen clips), but I'm not finding anything there.
posted by solotoro at 7:40 AM on March 24

Sounds like could be Veep or The Thick of It?
posted by bleep at 8:47 AM on March 24

Oh, look what you've gone and made me do, I'm going to have to rewatch Ides of March. Oh no.

Might be from The Thick of it, but I haven't watched that many episodes of it and I remember the scene being played more straight, and I've yet to see more than a few clips of the Office or Veep or West Wing, so it's not that.
posted by monocultured at 10:28 AM on March 24

Loved Ides of March, but I'm also pretty sure it's not from it. I'm definitely thinking CMcG's got it, though. It's nearly word-for-word your example.
posted by WCityMike at 12:41 PM on March 24

Just checked Dwight's Speech and it's not that – hadn't seen that bit before.

Been scrolling through Ides of March, but can't find the scene – will rewatch it properly, but the mood is as I'm remembering it. Am I conflating two different movies?
posted by monocultured at 1:30 PM on March 24

Okay. The thing is, Dwight quotes Lenin and Mussolini in that episode thanks to Jim specifically pranking him by giving him quotes from dictators:
Portions of Dwight's speech are drawn from the speeches of Lenin ("No revolution is worth anything unless it can defend itself") and Benito Mussolini ("Blood alone moves the wheels of history"; "It is a privilege to fight [with them]!"). He also draws on Karl Marx , though it is from the book The Communist Manifesto and not a speech ("Workers [/salesmen and women] of the world, Unite").
I'm pretty familiar with Ides of March and I'm pretty sure the scene you are looking for is not in it.
posted by WCityMike at 4:20 PM on March 24

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