Nancy: I just don’t think we should see each other any more.
Fielding: Oh really?
Fielding: Why, what’s the matter?
Nancy: There’s just something missing for me and I don’t know what.
Fielding: What do you mean? Something missing from me?
Fielding: What do you mean? Like what? Can you say what is missing from me?
Nancy: Well, I thought if you could guess a few things, I could try.
Fielding: Is it personality or looks?
Fielding: Am I not smart enough, is that what you’re saying?
Fielding: Something to do with height?
Nancy: No, it has nothing to do with the fact you’re short, and it has nothing to do with the fact you’re not bright enough, and it has nothing to do with the fact your teeth are in bad shape.
– Bananas (1971), written by Woody Allen and Mickey Rose
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is breakup, courtesy of a suggestion by Liri Nàvon.
Trivia: In an interview, Woody Allen was asked why he named the movie “Bananas”. His response: “Because there are no bananas in it.”
Dialogue On Dialogue: In my mind, this is one of the all-time funniest breakup scenes as it just goes on and on and on, Fielding put into the super awkward position of positing reasons why Nancy might be breaking up with him, and her unintentionally rubbing salt into his wounds. The improvisation here between the actors is terrific.
BTW we could use some more breakup suggestions!