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AGOSTINI MANETTA
The question is, Jean-Pierre, what are you doing to do about it?
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
Do? I don't understand.
AGOSTINI MANETTA
The time for losing comes to every man, of course. I had not expected yours to come so soon.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
There have been problems with the car!
AGOSTINI MANETTA
Come, come, Sarti. I expect excuses like that from lesser men than you. You have been one of the best that ever lived, there is no question of that in my mind. Never a wrong move, concentration always there, 100 percent, till this woman.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
You have been misled, Sr. Manetta. Do you take me for a trained dog, to jump at the snap of your fingers? My life belongs to no one but myself!
AGOSTINI MANETTA
I have been thinking seriously of your retirement, Sarti.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
[Angrily] Then retire me now!
AGOSTINI MANETTA
[Quietly] Kindly lower your voice! Of course I will not retire you now. Tomorrow there is a race to be run, and I also well know that you want to drive it. After tomorrow, who knows, Jean-Pierre?
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
After tomorrow, Sr. Manetta, *I* will decide to retire or not.
AGOSTINI MANETTA
Sarti, you're further gone than I'd thought. A pity, a great pity. I always considered you to be the best.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
I'm *still* the best!
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JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
You have to grasp the mind of Sr. Manetta, my darling. If a driver can be reached by those tactics, it means he probably will fear for his place on the team. That is exactly what Manetta wants, because that driver will try all the harder to win. He will perhaps take a risk which he would ordinarily avoid. And risks are always risks.
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JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
The danger? Well, of course. But you are missing a very important point. I think if any of us imagined - really imagined - what it would be like to go into a tree at 150 miles per hour we would probably never get into the cars at all, none of us. So it has always seemed to me that to do something very dangerous requires a certain absence of imagination.
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JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
Before you leave I want to tell you something. Not about the others, but about myself. I used to go to pieces. I'd see an accident like that and be so weak inside that I wanted to quit - stop the car and walk away. I could hardly make myself go past it. But I'm older now. When I see something really horrible, I put my foot down. Hard! Because I know that everyone else is lifting his.
LOUISE FREDERICKSON
What a terrible way to win.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
No, there is no terrible way to win. There is only winning.
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NINO BARLINI
And what do you think of this man? In the middle of the race, he decides to take a swim! It cost me two seconds!
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
Pete, do you ever get tired, of the driving?
PETE ARON
No.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
Lately, I sometimes get very tired, you know? Very tired.
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JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
Well, I can see I'm not properly dressed for the occasion. I should be wearing something fashionable.
LOUISE FREDERICKSON
Well, your driver's suit isn't bad. Maybe you could start a new style.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
Spun glass, form-fitting, waterproof, flameproof.
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JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
I suppose what's wrong with me is my life. But I can't change it, or won't. So there's nothing you can do for me.
LOUISE FREDERICKSON
What's wrong with your life?
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
I've begun to see the absurdity of it. All of us, proving what? That we can go faster, and perhaps remain alive? Nino gambling his life for a trophy, then fills it with beer, and does tricks. Stoddard filling himself with drugs in order to drive, and still passing out with the pain. Don't you see how absurd it all is? Who cares?
LOUISE FREDERICKSON
I thought you cared, for yourselves. I didn't know you asked of anyone else. Nevertheless, others do care. 100,000 of them cared today.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
And did you see them rush to see Peter burn? Did you see the looks on their faces? *I* saw. For the first time today I *really* saw those faces.
LOUISE FREDERICKSON
But not all of them, Jean-Pierre. There are some who come for that, for the accidents and the fires. But the others... the others ride with you all. You put something in their lives they can't put there themselves.
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MONIQUE DELVAUX-SARTI
He now wonders if you're ready to be beaten.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
No one is ever ready for that.
MONIQUE DELVAUX-SARTI
You will never retire, Jean-Pierre.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
What does it matter to you, Monique?
MONIQUE DELVAUX-SARTI
To me?
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
Yes.
MONIQUE DELVAUX-SARTI
As always, as a hero, you're a good asset to the company.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
Well, perhaps, I'm tired of being an asset to the company. And tired, too, of this farce we perform, you and I, for public consumption.
MONIQUE DELVAUX-SARTI
Well, it doesn't really matter that you are tired of these things, Jean-Pierre. If you should decide not to continue with, eh, the farce, as you call it, that of course is up to you. But it will make no difference. As long as you're my husband, the company will have the prestige of your name, and whether or not you ever step into one of these again. And you will always be my husband. You know that, don't you. This one may be different to you, but not to me. To me, she's just like all the others, and we will always be married, you and I.
JEAN-PIERRE SARTI
Stay away from me, Monique! Let me alone, please! [pause] Tell me, what terrible thing have I done to you that make you want to labor me to this absurd life we have together? What terrible thing, Monique?