Hector Snipe: You must admit I was most enthusiastic about your performance as Achilles. Edward Lionheart: Oh, yes. Yes, now that you mention it, I vaguely recall you wrote some review. Hector Snipe:

You must admit I was most enthusiastic about your...

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Hector Snipe:
You must admit I was most enthusiastic about your performance as Achilles.
Edward Lionheart:
Oh, yes. Yes, now that you mention it, I vaguely recall you wrote some review.
Hector Snipe:
I remember it very well. I wrote, Edward Lionheart's Troilus and Cressida must be considered as a brilliant theatrical achievement, and his own performance as Achilles unsurpassed. Well, something of that sort.
Edward Lionheart:
A splendid review, my dear Snipe. Splendid. What else did you say?
Hector Snipe:
More in the same vein.
Edward Lionheart:
Let me refresh your memory.
[reads]

Edward Lionheart:
...Achilles unsurpassed. This clearly is Lionheart's own view. That actor's oft-expressed desire for solitude is well known. He must derive much satisfaction in knowing that he is absolutely alone in his opinion of this lamentable production.

Transcript:
You must admit I was most enthusiastic
about your performance as Achilles.
Oh, yes. Yes, now that you mention it,
I vaguely recall you wrote some review.
I remember it very well. I wrote
Edward Lionhearts Troilus and Cressida
must be considered as
a brilliant theatrical achievement,
and his own performance
as Achilles unsurpassed.
- Well, something of that sort.
- A splendid review, my dear Snipe.
- What else did you say?
- More, in the same vein.
Let me refresh your memory.
Achilles unsurpassed...
This clearly is Lionhearts own view.
That actors oft-expressed desire
for solitude is well known.
He must derive much satisfaction
in knowing that he is absolutely alone
in his opinion
of this lamentable production.
- Did I write that?
- Your name is Hector Snipe?
I can only say that you were one actor
who could always accept criticism.
Criticism is one thing, my dear Snipe.
Then there is the little matter
of the Critics Award Presentation.
I cant accept blame for that.
Devlin was president of the Circle,
and you know how persuasive he can be.
Devlin?! Do you think
you can hide your guilt behind his?
Maxwell thought so, too.
Its all right, sir. No need to worry, sir.
Youre among friends here, sir.
Oh, thank you, my dear man.
I was getting a little bit nervous.
We were rehearsing Troilus and Cressida.
The scene where Hector,
believing he was among friends,
was brutally murdered by them
without warning,
and his body dragged from
the battlefield tied to a horses tail.
Lionheart, I came here for an interview,
not for a lecture on Shakespeare.
Now, tell us this remarkable story
of your resurrection.
Its a grave tale, Snipe,
and difficult to write,
but I am sure
you can rise to the occasion.

Clip duration: 133 seconds
Views: 18
Timestamp in movie: 00:17:30
Uploaded: 21 October, 2021
Genres: comedy, drama, horror
Summary: A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.


Actors

Hector Snipe - Dennis Price
Edward Lionheart - Vincent Price