As a child, I always dreamed of going to Paris where I would attend a school for the arts and become a journalist. I had dreams of sitting at a cafe with my coffee and journal (notebook computer nowadays)where I could write about all my experiences. I never made it to Paris or at least I have not made it yet. Perhaps one day I will go.
There are so many quote from this film that hang onto your heartstrings and never let go. Here are a few of my favorites to share. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Sabrina explaining the nature of her name: “Sabrina fair, listen where thou art sitting under the glassy, cool, translucent wave, in twisted braids of lilies knitting the loose train of thy amber-dropping hair.”
Linus: “So, your little poem – what does it mean?”
Sabrina: “It’s the story of a water sprite who saved a virgin from a fate worse than death.”
Linus: “And Sabrina’s the virgin?”
Sabrina: “Sabrina’s the savior.”
Opening lines with Sabrina narrating: “Once upon a time, on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very very large mansion, almost a castle, where there lived a family by the name of Larrabee. There were servants inside the mansion, and servants outside the mansion; boatmen to tend the boats, and six crews of gardeners: two for the solarium, the rest for the grounds, and a tree surgeon on retainer. There were specialists for the indoor tennis courts, and the outdoor tennis courts, the outdoor swimming pool, and the indoor swimming pool. And over the garage there lived a chauffeur by the name of Fairchild, imported from England years ago, together with a Rolls Royce; and a daughter, named Sabrina.”
Ending lines with Sabrina narrating: "Once upon a time, on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very, very large mansion, almost a castle. And on this very large estate lived a small girl. And life was pleasant there and very, very simple. But, then one day, the girl grew up and went beyond the walls of the grounds and found the world. "
My favorite is when Sabrina is writing her father while sitting at the cafe. Her letter hits close to my heart and I find myself crying each time I hear it.
“Dear Dad: I will probably be home before you receive this but I wanted to thank you for sending me here. It’s turn cold out but I don’t feel the cold. Gloria Steinen once wrote, “America is my country but Paris is my home town.” I will always feel that way about Paris. Somewhere across the street someone is playing La Vie En Rose. They play it for the tourists but I am always amazed at how it moves me. It means seeing life through rose-colored glasses. Only here where the light is pink does that song make sense but I’ll have it in my pocket when I get home. Love to you Dad."
The ending when Linus tells Sabrina to save him is wonderful too.
“You said if there was ever anything you could do for me you would. You said I would be happy here but you couldn’t have meant without you. I think you know I love you.”
“I don’t know you. How can I trust you?”
“You know me better than anyone. Save me, Sabrina Fair. You are the only one who can.”
This movie is poetry in motion.