Copyright Notice: It’s easy to see when our selected quotes have been copied and pasted, as you’re also copying our format, mistakes, and movie scene descriptions. If you decide to copy from us please be kind and either link back, or refer back to our site. Please check out our copyright policies here. Thanks!
Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton, Marton Csokas, Alex Fitzalan, Minnie Driver
Period bio-drama directed by Stephen Williams. Inspired by a true story, Chevalier (2023) centers on composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, who rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist, composer, and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) and her court.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
La Bossiere: Welcome to Paris, Joseph.
La Bossiere: Monsieur, I fear this will not be a kind place to such a boy.
George Bologne: The boy has talents, but one in particular that is exceptional.
La Bossiere: Very well.
Joseph Bologne: I realized the more I excelled, the less I was alone.
Marie-Josephine: Are you always so competitive?
Man: [to Joseph] The showoff, who spoiled Mozart’s concert.
Mozart: My name is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Joseph Bologne: May I play with you, monsieur?
Mozart: [to Joseph, as they’re about to play together] I hope this won’t be embarrassing for you.
Mozart: [after hearing Joseph play the violin] Who the f*** is that?
Marie Antoinette: You are quite a remarkable man, Joseph.
Marie Antoinette: I, Marie Antionette, Queen of France, hereby anoint you, Chevalier.
Montalembert: [to Joseph] In any other country, a man of your color would not be wearing such fine clothes.
Joseph Bologne: One day, the whole world will know me. And of course the music will be spectacular. Bold.
La Guimard: [to Joseph] You don’t belong here. You’re a party trick. You’re a pet, playing the violin. That is all.
Joseph Bologne: You know I am the best.
Philippe: [to Joseph] You are playing a dangerous game, friend.
Philippe: France is changing. You could be more influential than you know. Leverage it.
Montalembert: [to Joseph] You forget your place, boy.
Montalembert: [referring to Joseph] Break his hands.
Nanon: [to Joseph] This world is painful for us, my son. But there is always the choice to fight.
Joseph Bologne: I’m putting on a concert. Let us fund the revolution.
Marie Antoinette: [to Joseph] You cannot afford to make any more enemies.
Marie Antoinette: [to Joseph] If you take to the stage, you will be erased. There will be no new France. You cannot topple what has been ordained by God.
Joseph Bologne: Not everything is about you people.