01 March 2012

Manchurian Candidate 1962 -- Capitalism and Interest

Yen Lo, the North Korean interrogator, visits his Russian counterpart, Zilkov, to discuss Soviet operations. Yen Lo's dry wit is Oscar winning material.

YEN LO: Attractive plant you have here.

ZILKOV: Thank you, doctor. We were able to purchase it three years ago. In fact, it's one of the few Soviet operations in America that actually showed a profit at the end of the last fiscal year.

YEN LO: Profit? Fiscal year? Beware, my dear Zilkov. Virus of capitalism is highly infectious. Soon, you'll be lending money out at interest.

[Yen Lo laughs heartily at his joke. Zilkov doesn't get it.]

YEN LO: You must try, Comrade Zilkov, to cultivate a sense of humor. There's nothing like a good laugh now and then to lighten the burdens of the day. [Turning to Raymond] Tell me, Raymond. Do you remember murdering Mavole and Lembeck?

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