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Daily Dialogue — June 5, 2104

Harry: How’s the Christmas party going?
Mia: Good. Think I found a venue – friend of mine works there.
Harry: What’s it like?
Mia: Good, good. It’s an art gallery – full of dark corners for doing dark deeds.

Mia spreads her legs suggestively.

Harry: Well, I suppose I should take a look at it.
Mia: You should.

Love Actually (2003), written by Richard Curtis

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Flirting, suggested by Sabina Giado. Today’s suggestion by Aarthi Ramanathan.

Trivia: The word “actually” is spoken twenty-two times by various characters in the film.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Can you say subtext… for the word “it”?

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Daily Dialogue — June 4, 2104

Han Solo: Hey, Your Worship, I’m only trying to help.
Princess Leia: Would you please stop calling me that?
Han Solo: Sure, Leia.
Princess Leia: You make it so difficult sometimes.
Han Solo: I do, I really do. You could be a little nicer, though. Come on, admit it. Sometimes you think I’m all right.
Princess Leia: Occasionally, maybe… when you aren’t acting like a scoundrel.
Han Solo: Scoundrel? Scoundrel? I like the sound of that.

Han starts to massage Leia’s hand.

Princess Leia: Stop that.
Han Solo: Stop what?
Princess Leia: [timidly] Stop that. My hands are dirty.
Han Solo: My hands are dirty, too. What are you afraid of?
Princess Leia: Afraid?
Han Solo: You’re trembling.
Princess Leia: I’m not trembling.

Han moves in closer.

Han Solo: You like me because I’m a scoundrel. There aren’t enough scoundrels in your life.
Princess Leia: I happen to like nice men.
Han Solo: I’m nice men.
Princess Leia: No, you’re not. You’re…

They kiss.

Star Wars: Episode V – Empire Strikes Back (1980), written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Flirting, suggested by Sabina Giado. Today’s suggestion by David Proenza.

Trivia: The scene in the Cloud City apartment where Han Solo enters to tell Princess Leia that the repairs on the Millennium Falcon are almost complete played out differently in the finished film than it did in the original script. There, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is lounging around in the apartment when Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) enters, having changed from the white combat clothes she wore on Hoth to the brown dress and having her hair done up differently. In surprised reaction to how she’s dressed, Solo attempts to flatter her (“You look beautiful. You should wear girls clothes all the time.”) and Leia teases him by mentioning Luke; the scene ended with them sharing a kiss. The film was originally shot this way, but director Irvin Kershner felt it wasn’t coming out right, so he re-shot it to appear as it does in the finished film. Excerpts of how the scene was originally filmed can now be seen on the special edition DVD.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary from David: “This is more than just simple flirting. You know their true feelings for each other despite Leia’s futile resistance…”

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Daily Dialogue — June 3, 2104

BONNIE: (putting her on) Ain’t you ashamed? Tryin’ to steal an old lady’s automobile.
CLYDE: (with the same put-on) I been thinkin’ about buyin’ me one.
BONNIE: Bull. You ain’t got money for dinner, let alone buy no car.
CLYDE: (still the battle of wits going on) Now I got enough money for cokes, and since it don’t look like you’re gonna invite me inside–
BONNIE: You’d steal the dining room table if I did.
CLYDE: (he moves from his spot) Come to town with me, then. How’d that be?
BONNIE: (starting to walk onto the sidewalk) Goin’ to work anyway.

EXT. STREET. MOVING SHOT. DAY.

The camera tracks. It is a hot Texas afternoon, all white light and glare. As they walk the block to town in this scene, their manner of mutual impudence is still pervading.

CLYDE: Goin’ to work, huh? What do you do?
BONNIE: None of your business.
CLYDE: (pretending to give it serious thought) I bet you’re a…movie star! (thinks) No…A lady mechanic?…No…A maid?–
BONNIE: (really offended by that) What do you think I am?
CLYDE: (right on the nose) A waitress.
BONNIE: (slightly startled by his accuracy, anxious to get back now that he is temporarily one-up) What line of work are you in? When you’re not stealin’ cars?
CLYDE: (mysteriously) I tell you, I’m lookin’ for suitable employment right at the moment.
BONNIE: What did you do before?
CLYDE: (coolly, knowing its effect) I was in State Prison.
BONNIE: State Prison? (she shows her surprise)
CLYDE: Yeah.
BONNIE: (herself again) Guess some little old lady wasn’t so nice.
CLYDE: (tough) It was armed robbery.
BONNIE: (sarcastically) My, my, the things that turn up in the driveway these days.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967), written by David Newman & Robert Benton

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Flirting, suggested by Sabina Giado. Today’s suggestion by Daniel Cossu.

Trivia: In a TV interview director Arthur Penn pointed out that this film shows for the first time the firing of a gun and the consequences in one single frame. Before that you would see a gun being fired, then cut and the next scene shows the bleeding body. In Bonnie and Clyde you see a gun being fired into the face of a person without inter cut. This was incredible at the time and would have been censored in the past. (Such a shot had, however, had already been used in all three of the films Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy.)

Dialogue On Dialogue: Talk about a ‘meet cute’! Couple intersects when he is contemplating stealing a car. The sexual subtext here sizzles. And note how common the use of parentheticals. That is a sure sign of an old screenwriting style.

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Daily Dialogue — June 2, 2104

Colin: I’ll stab someone with an ice pick if it gets me dinner with you.
Madolyn: Here, this is my card.
Colin: Nah, I don’t need that. I’m a detective. I’ll find you. [elevator door begins to close - Colin reaches out] No, I’m just kidding, I need the card.

The Departed (2006), written by William Monahan

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Flirting, suggested by Sabina Giado. Today’s suggestion by David Proenza.

Trivia: When receiving the top award from the Director’s Guild of America for this film, Martin Scorsese said that this “is the first movie I have ever done with a plot.”

Dialogue On Dialogue: Amazing how quickly this date comes about, literally within a 1 minute conversation. The line about stabbing someone with an ice pick is probably what clenches the deal. Also this: The fact it takes place on an elevator adds just a bit of tension: People listening, him holding the door while the two guys inside the elevator are waiting to go upstairs. Some flavor like this is always nice.

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