Orlando Jones had befriended a young Chinese man, a movie buff. Fortunately for her he was also a vendor in her favourite electronics market. After she had discovered pirated VCDs, she had never looked back. She fed her passion for film at every opportunity. Then on Monday 3rd December, 2001, World Wide Watch (CCTV 9 International and CCTV 4) and the China Daily reported that 200 million illegal CDs and VCDs had been confiscated and destroyed in raids in 200 Chinese cities. Orlando Jones was devastated. It was as though the bit of sky that she was holding up had fallen down. She scoured the media for details. Guo Nei of the China Daily had reported that:
China has been taking stringent actions against pirated publications and discs to protect intellectual property rights, and the effort increased after China entered the World Trade Organization. Earlier the Ministry (of Culture) shut down 223 markets involved in selling pirated and smuggled recordings around the country.
On 1st January 2002, CCTV 4 reported further that on 1st February the State Council would introduce regulations governing VCDs, CDs and cinemas. On SBN's China Watch on Saturday 5th January 2002, in an interview, the EU Trade Commissioner, Pascal Lemy insisted that as intellectual property rights were of major importance for the WTO and the EU, then "they have to become important for China." Lemy had been an important negotiator in China's accession to the WTO, a process that took 15 years. This situation was lamentable, Orlando Jones thought, for several reasons, the foremost being the misapprehension that Chinese video and CD lovers (both retailers and buyers) dealt in pirated products because they were inherently dishonest or indifferent to international intellectual property rights both as concept and as law. Orlando Jones assumed that the Chinese market in digital audio and video products operated in accordance with what the consumer could reasonably afford. It was obvious to anyone that Chinese people could not afford goods at western prices. With the closing of these markets, Chinese CD and VCD lovers (and Orlando Jones) were deprived of access to any electronic audio and video products. Orlando Jones mourned the loss of her sources of digital pleasure.
On the day before the day before Spring Festival Eve (Saturday 9th February 2002), Orlando Jones returned to the electronics market with N. and found that some stocks of pirated VCDs were returning slowly. She bought a video of The Scent of the Green Papaya. Although her vendor friend assured her that the soundtrack (or sub-titling) was in English it was in fact in the original Vietnamese (with Chinese sub-titles). Orlando Jones watched this film obsessively. Understanding the dialogue seems superfluous to her. The music track and the visuals were so eloquent that she was mesmerised. For the moment, it replaced Crouching Tiger as her very favourite film. She also began compiling a History of Idiot Film Quotations.
"Be bold. Mighty forces will come to your aid. Goethe said that." (Frances McDermond in Almost Famous).
"Peter Pan finally decides to grow up only to find there's no place to land." (Faye Dunaway - as the psychoanalyst - to Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair).
Irresistibly from Humphrey Bogart's mouth (about Ingrid Bergman) in Casablanca:
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all of the world, she walks into mine."
(It was only then that Orlando Jones connected that the rival night club to Ricks, in French Morocco, in Casablanca (the club owned by Sydney Greenstreet) was called the Blue Parrot. The night club in Roman Polanski's Paris set film Frantic (the club in which the straight laced Harrison Ford begins to unravel while trying to find his kidnapped wife) was also called the Blue Parrot. She thought: "Is this a French thing?" She tried to rent a copy of Frantic from her local store to cross-check, but the attendant (not the disc hurling one) assured her that it was dubbed in Chinese. Orlando Jones did not yet know the Chinese for "blue parrot").
"I WANT ROOM SERVICE" Johnny (Keanu Reeves) in Johnny Mnnemonic.
The Shipping News
Agnes Ham (Judi Dench): Maybe we could build a summer house here (Newfoundland).
Bunny (Quoyle's (Kevin Spacey's) daughter): Do they have summer here?
Marda Norton (Fiona Shaw): "Have you had a Proustian moment?" (to Lois Farghar (Keeley Hawes) in That Last September.
The character who plays Jean-Luc Godard in Jean-Luc Godard's Prenom Carmen:
"Scene 17, take 6. Mao said, 'Always keep figures in your head' Mao's mostly been forgotten these days. Yet he was a great cook. He fed all of China."
What makes a poet great is when you have written something that can't be taken back (Someone - probably the character played by Sean Penn - in The Weight of Water).