Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
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Narrator: When Jean-Baptiste did finally learn to speak he soon found that everyday language proved inadequate for all the olfactory experiences accumulating within himself.

Giuseppe Baldini: Talent means next to nothing, while experience acquired in humility and hard work means everything.

Giuseppe Baldini: Because it's a legend, you numbskull.

Narrator: For the first time in his life, Grenouille realised that he had no smell of his own. He realised that all his life he had been a nobody to everyone. What he now felt was the fear of his own oblivion. It was as though he did not exist.

Narrator: Thus... the first sound to escape Grenouille's lips sent his mother to the gallows.

Various: He's an angel.

Factual error: The hanging is shown using the "standard drop", with a trapdoor, breaking the neck. This was not introduced until the 19th century (after France had abandoned the gallows for the guillotine), whereas the film is set in the 18th century. In those days the victim was just strung up on the gallows and left to strangulate (the "short drop").

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