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John Laroche: [viewing an orchid at a flower show] Angraecum sesquipedale! A beauty! God! Darwin wrote about this one. Charles Darwin? Evolution guy? Hello? You see that nectary all the way down
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Adaptation 2002
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John Laroche:
[viewing an orchid at a flower show]
Angraecum sesquipedale! A beauty! God! Darwin wrote about this one. Charles Darwin? Evolution guy? Hello? You see that nectary all the way down there? Darwin hypothesized a moth with a nose twelve inches long to pollinate it. Everyone thought he was a loon! Then, sure enough, they found this moth with a twelve-inch proboscis. Proboscis means "nose," by the way.
Susan Orlean:
I know what "proboscis" means.
John Laroche:
Yeah, let's not get off the subject. This isn't a pissing contest!

Transcript:
Angraecum sesquipedale.
Beauty! God!
Darwin wrote about this one.
Charles Darwin?
Evolution guy? Hello?
You see that nectary down there?
Darwin hypothesized a moth
with a nose 12 inches long
to pollinate it.
Everyone thought he was a loon.
Then, sure enough,
they found this moth
with a 12-inch proboscis.
"Proboscis" means nose, by the way.
I know what it means.
Hey, let's not get off the subject.
This isn't a pissing contest.
The point is,
what's so wonderful
is that all these flowers
have a specific relationship
with the insect
that pollinates it.
There's a certain orchid
looks exactly like a certain insect.
So the insect is drawn
to this flower,
its double, its soul mate,
and wants nothing more
than to make love to it.
After the insect flies off,
it spots another soul-mate flower
and makes love to it, pollinating it.
And neither the flower nor the insect
will ever understand
the significance
of their lovemaking.
How could they know that because
of their little dance, the world lives?
But it does.
By simply doing
what they're designed to do
something large
and magnificent happens.
In this sense, they show us
how to live.
How the only barometer
you have is your heart.

Clip duration: 90 seconds
Views: 94
Timestamp in movie: 00:00:00
Uploaded: 12 December, 2020
Genres: comedy, drama
Summary: A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.


Actors

John Laroche - Chris Cooper
Susan Orlean - Meryl Streep