excerto de uma entrevista a Orson Welles no The David Frost Show, em Maio de 1970:


DAVID FROST: What makes a woman beautiful to you?

ORSON WELLES: Dignity, without which nobody can be beautiful. Human dignity and the dignity of women, because they are clearly a superior sex, you know. I really mean that. I'm not trying to make a funny remark or sound smart. I really do think they're much better than we are. The only thing they're not as good at, are the few little things we do.


ORSON WELLES: If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girl friends. And they tolerated it and let us go ahead and play with our toys. We're on one of them now.

DAVID FROST: How are they superior?

ORSON WELLES: If you don't know that, David, nobody will ever be able to tell you. That's a cop-out, I know, but—

DAVID FROST: I disagree with you. I think they're wonderful and different, but not superior.

ORSON WELLES: When I was your age that was my opinion.

DAVID FROST: What changed your mind?

ORSON WELLES: The passage of the years and the evidence of my senses and of my observation.

DAVID FROST: But what did you observe that convinced you?

ORSON WELLES: Well, let's not have that kind of conversation! I don't know. No matter what the Bible says—and I'm not a fundamentalist—I just don't think that men were the first. I don't think that Eve was made out of Adam's rib. I think the first sex, biologically, is the female sex, and there are many creatures in our world who are female and only become male as long as is necessary and then revert to the original and superior condition. I think we're a kind of decoration. We're sort of a maddening luxury. The basic and essential human is the woman, and all that we're doing is trying to brighten up the place. That's why all the birds who belong to our sex have prettier feathers—because we have got to try and justify are existence. Look how little we do to keep the race going.

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