a petty bourgeois.
Confessor: Then she must be a fine girl.
Giulia: Speak out. Go ahead.
Marcello: Mediocre. A mound of petty ideas. Full of petty
ambitions. She’s all bed and kitchen.
Italo: A normal man? For me, a normal man is one who turns
his head to see a beautiful woman’s bottom. The point is
not just to turn your head. There are five or six reasons. And
he is glad to find people who are like him, his equals. That’s
why he likes crowded beaches, football, the bar downtown….
Marcello: At Piazza Venice.
Italo: He likes people similar to himself and does not trust those who
are different. That’s why a normal man is a true brother, a true
citizen, a true patriot…
Marcello: A truce fascist.
Giulia: What are you going to do now?
Marcello: The same as everyone else who thought like me.
When there are so many of us, there’s no risk.
Giulia: Marcello, don’t go out. They could hurt you.
Marcello” I won’t be in danger. After all, what have I done?
Giulia: But why do you want to go?
Marcello: I want to see how a dictatorship falls.