The Visit

Synopsis: Carla Zachanassian had a child by Serge Miller as a teenager. When Serge refused to marry her, she was driven out of town. By her own wit and cunning, she has returned as a multi-millionaire for a visit. The town lays out the red carpet expecting big things from Carla, only to learn that her sole purpose is to see Serge Miller killed...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Bernhard Wicki
Production: Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
100 min

Attention! Hello! Hello!

Citizens of Guellen!

Hello! You have all now

heard the great news.

We are asking all people of Guellen to

prepare themselves for this great event.

It is our duty to ensure a royal

welcome to Madame Zachanassian,

who will arrive in a few hours!

Citizens of Guellen!

I therefore ask all citizens to assemble.

It is up to you to prove that our

Guellen never forgets its own!

Good morning, Mr. Mayor! - Be careful.

I want everything organized and arranged.

Come inside, your honor!

Come along, Anya.

Good. Very good!

Alright. Hurry up!

Yes, that's gonna look fine!

- Anya! Here, take this.

Good. Now it works.

Oh, hope this is finished in time.

- Yes. It certainly is.

Cover that up with something!

- Oh yes, Sir.

Oh, have that fixed. I want every detail

worked out. - I understand. No slip-ups.

Is she really that rich?

- Rich? Madame Zachanassian?

Known in the world as Madame Petroleum.

A title she inherited from her late husband.

Mr. Zachanassian,

better known as Mr. Petroleum.

He owned 5% of the whole world.

Then he died. Now she owns it.

And just think...

She was born here the way I was.

Why is she coming back?

- I wish we only knew.

Good. You are doing

a fine job, Anya. - Thank you.

Members of the sporting club of Guellen,

fellow athletes,

we may have been hit by misfortune,

but we have not been defeated!

We have not lost our pride in ourselves!

Each man must wear

a clean pressed shirt!

Now is the time for everyone of us

to look his best.

And let's try to keep in step.

How are you? Hello.

It's going to be a great reception!

I don't want to put patches on. it's

difficult when it's almost worn through.

We mustn't underestimate the importance

of appearance, especially his!

Ah, Serge! Or am I saying

something I shouldn't?

Am I supposed to be jealous at my age?

- I knew her better than anybody else,

but if you ask me... I'd say our best

approach is not to try to fool her.

You know... Karla's...

She's too sharp.

No, I'd say honestly and openly:

Our mine is shut down, our factories are

closed, our entire population is on relief.

Let's face it:
we are bankrupt.

And I'd say:
now that you've become

one of the riches women in the world...

Help us.

You are our only hope.

Well, you'd certainly convince me.

- And me too.

Mrs. Miller, we were wondering, if you...

At the beginning, if you could...

just sort of stay in the background?

Oh, I do understand.

- You're very understanding, Mrs. Miller.

I try. - Serge, come on,

we need you. - Here, take this!

Mrs. Miller... Could you wait on me now?

- Yes, right away. - I'm in a big hurry.

Oh, thank you, Dobrik. - What was

she really like, Mr. Miller? - Karla?

Well, Karla was my youth!

You know, now as I think of her,

she seems to me the most

beautiful girl that ever was.

She was graceful as a willow with

flaming red hair that fell below her hips.

Then why didn't you marry her?

What happened?

Well... Life tore us apart.

I wasn't here 20 years ago.

What did he mean?

Exactly that:
Life tore them apart.

- What are you doing?

What is that? "Welcome Karla"?

- A welcome for little Karla Wechsler,

the redhead that used

to swim nude in the river.

Does that give you the right to call her

by her first name? - No harm done. Anyway:

I painted "Welcome Zachanassian"

on the other side.

If she shows herself very friendly,

we can always turn the sign around.

Oh, Mayor? - Yes? - You wanna make a point

about Karla's generosity in your speech?

She was generous to a fault. - Right. I'll

emphasize that. Any other suggestions?

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Ben Barzman

Ben Barzman (October 12, 1910 – December 15, 1989) was a Canadian journalist, screenwriter, and novelist, blacklisted during the McCarthy Era and best known for his screenplays for the films Back to Bataan (1945), El Cid (1961), and The Blue Max (1966). more…

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