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There's a shortage of natural resources

[addressing his class]

Professor Biesenthal:
Well, you four have the dubious honor of having been picked from over two hundred applicants for this seminar. Well, let me just say this. There's a shortage of natural resources. There's a shortage of breathable air, there's even a shortage of adequate claret. But there is no shortage of historians. We grind you out like link sausages. That's called progress. Manufacturing doctorates is called progress. Well, I say, "Let us hush this cry of progress until ten thousand years have passed." That's a quote. Who said that? Come on, who said that? Well, somebody must know the answer.
[none of the students answer, but Babe Levy writes "Tennyson"]

Professor Biesenthal:
Tennyson! Alfred, Lord Tennyson. My God, but you can't compete on a doctoral level and not know "Locksley Hall" and "Locksley Hall 60 Years Later"! I hope you all flunk. Dismissed.

Transcript:
Well, you four have
the dubious honour
of having been picked from over
200 applicants for this seminar.
There's a shortage of natural resources,
breathable air and adequate claret,
but there's no
shortage of historians.
We grind you out like link sausages.
It's called progress.
Manufactured doctorates
is called progress.
I say, "Let us hush this cry of progress
till 10,000 years have passed."
That's a quote. Who said that?
Come on. Who said that?
Well, somebody must know the answer!
Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson.
You can't compete on a doctoral level
and not know Locksley Hall.
I hope you all flunk! Dismissed.
- Levy?
- Yeah.
Come.
Oh. Sit.
I knew your father.
Rather well, in point of fact.
He was my mentor.
I know.
- There was another of you.
- I have an older brother.
A rich, successful businessman.
My father would have disowned him.
Why are you at Columbia
for your doctorate?
It's not just the way things worked out.
Your father got his at Columbia.
You can't fill his footsteps,
I'm sorry to say.
You might end up leaving
larger tracks than that,
but they'll be your tracks,
they won't be his.
Why didn't you answer
that Tennyson question?
It was obvious you knew.
I don't know.
How am I to fathom your mind if
you continue to hide it from me?
If you persist,
I'll conclude you're a drone.

Clip duration: 133 seconds
Views: 13
Movie: Marathon Man
Year: 1976
Genres: crime, thriller
Summary: A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.


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Actors

Professor Biesenthal - Fritz Weaver