Ninotchka script
Ninotchka (1939)
Synopsis: A no-nonsense diplomat of the Soviet Union, Nina Ivanovna "Ninotchka" Yakushova (Greta Garbo) arrives in Paris to ensure the sale of jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Meanwhile, carefree bachelor Count Leon d'Algout (Melvyn Douglas) attempts to intercept the valuables on behalf of their former owner, the Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire). Despite their conflicting allegiances, the icy Ninotchka soon warms to Leon's charms, reluctantly going against her better judgment.


(stopping him)

Just a minute -- just a minute -- I

have nothing against the idea but I

still say let's go back to the Hotel

Terminus. Moscow made our reservations

there, we are on an official mission,

and we have no right to change the

orders of our superior.


Where is your courage, Comrade



Are you the Buljanoff who fought on

the barricades? And now you are afraid

to take a room with a bath?


(stepping back into

the taxi)

I don't want to go to Siberia.

Iranoff and Kopalski follow him reluctantly.


I don't want to go to the Hotel



If Lenin were alive he would say,

"Buljanoff, Comrade, for once in

your life you're in Paris. Don't be

a fool. Go in there and ring three



He wouldn't say that. What he would

say is "Buljanoff, you can't afford

to live in a cheap hotel. Doesn't

the prestige of the Bolsheviks mean

anything to you? Do you want to live

in a hotel where you press for the

hot water and cold water comes and

when you press for the cold water

nothing comes out at all? Phooey,


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Melchior Lengyel

Melchior Lengyel (12 January 1880 – 23 October 1974) was a Hungarian writer, dramatist, and film screenwriter. more…

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