I'm trying to remember what movie I watched where an old blind man (I think he was the grandfather of the main character, but I'm not sure), at one point tells this story:

This is just the gist of it, I can't remember most of it:

Once upon a time, a man (probably poor) falls in love with a princess. She says: "Sure, but you have to stand outside of my castle for 1000 nights." He does so, and he suffers through rain, hunger, etc... until he he gets used to it. On the 999th night, he looks at here, and leaves.

After the blind man tells the story, he says "Don't ask me what it means. I don't know."

Also, if you could tell me where this story comes from(or if it was written for the movie), that'd be great.


Thanks Will, I found the story. For some reason it stuck with me, and it was all I remembered about the film

Once upon a time a king gave a feast and there were all the most beautiful princesses of the realm. Basta, one of the guards, saw the king's daughter: she was the loveliest of all! And he immediately fell in love with her. But what could a poor soldier do compared with a king's daughter?!...One day he managed to meet her and told her he couldn't live without her. The princess was so struck by the depth of his feeling that she said to the soldier 'If you will wait a hundred days and a hundred nights beneath my balcony, then in the end I'll be yours.' Christ, the soldier ran off there and waited! One day, two days, ten, twenty...Every night she looked out of her window, but he never budged. Come rain, wind, snow, never budged! The birds shat on him and the bees ate him alive! After ninety nights he was gaunt and pale and tears streamed from his eyes but he couldn't hold them back. He didn't even have the strength to sleep any more. The princess kept watch...And on the ninety-ninth night, the soldier got up, picked up his chair and left!

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    Do you know how old the film was, and what language and country it was from? – Crow T Robot Aug 17 '14 at 2:09
  • It was English, not sure about the others – P0rter Aug 17 '14 at 4:11

Maybe Cinema Paradiso, (1988). The old projectionist at the movie theater, Alfredo, loses his vision when the highly flammable nitrate film catches fire, and the young protagonist, Toto, does stand outside a girl's house every night after work to prove his love. It could have been because of a story Alfredo told him, but I don't remember for sure.

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