Daily Dialogue — November 24, 2015

November 24th, 2015 by

“It’s these card and these movies and these pop songs. They’re to blame for all the lies and the heartache, everything! We’re responsible! I‘m responsible! I think we do a bad thing here. People should be able to say how they feel, how they really feel, not, you know, some words that some strangers put in their mouths. Words like ‘love’ that don‘t mean anything. Sorry, I‘m sorry, I, uh … I quit. I‘m … There’s enough bullshit in the world without my help.”

(500) Days of Summer (2009), written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

The Daily Dialogue theme for the month: Writers and Writing. Today’s suggestion by Katha.

Trivia: According to the DVD commentary, the writer estimates that 75% of the film actually happened to him. The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Katha: “Writers can change the people‘s view on the world – even if they‘re are writing greeting cards ; – )

Does fiction give an untrue view on the world (like Platon thought and the heart-broken protagonist of 500 days of Summer)? Or does it give a different understanding of the world?”

Daily Dialogue — November 23, 2015

November 23rd, 2015 by

“This is really fascinating, what’s going on at this table. Let’s take you and Erica. You’ve been around the block a few times. What are you, around 60? 63. Fantastic! Never married, which as we know, if you were a woman, would be a curse. You’d be an old maid, a spinster. Blah, blah, blah. So instead of pitying you, they write an article about you. Celebrate your never marrying. You’re elusive and ungetable, a real catch. Then, there’s my gorgeous sister here. Look at her. She is so accomplished. Most successful female playwright since who? Lillian Hellmann? She’s over 50, divorced, and she sits in night after night after night because available guys her age want something-forgive me, they want somebody that looks like Marin. The over-50 dating scene is geared towards men leaving older women out. And as a result, the women become more and more productive and therefore, more and more interesting. Which, in turn, makes them even less desirable because as we all know, men- especially older men- are threatened and afraid of productive, interesting women. It is just so clear! Single older women as a demographic are about as fucked a group as can ever exist.”

Something’s Gotta Give (2003), written by Nancy Meyers

The Daily Dialogue theme for the month: Writers and Writing.

Trivia: Twentieth Century Fox declined making the film citing that the leads were too old.

Dialogue On Dialogue: The fact this movie was a success at the box office disproves the thesis of this side of dialogue that old folks just don’t matter.

Daily Dialogue — November 22, 2015

November 22nd, 2015 by

Penny: I’m Penny, I’m Karen’s assistant.
Harold: I’m Harold, I’m her main character.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006), written by Zach Helm

The Daily Dialogue theme for the month: Writers and Writing.

Trivia: The film borrows heavily from ‘Niebla’ by Miguel de Unamuno, a Spanish novel about a character who becomes aware he is being narrated by a writer and goes to visit him. In Unamuno’s story, however, the main character commits suicide.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Deja vu. Predestination. What if what we call Fate is being dictated by a writer?

Daily Dialogue theme for the Month: Writers and Writing

November 21st, 2015 by

In honor of the Zero Draft Thirty Challenge, we’re going to have one theme for the entire month of November. That theme:

Writers and Writing

Consecutive days of Daily Dialogue posts: 2,746.

Over 500 people have committed to join me in the #ZD30SCRIPT Challenge. What better way to honor those participants — and every single GITS reader, whether you’re up for the Challenge or not — than to feature 30 Daily Dialogue posts this month.

The usual drill:

* Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.

* Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to lay that wisdom on us.

If you have some Daily Dialogue themes to add to the roster, be my guest to post in comments. But be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: Writers and Writing.

Thanks to all you loyal Daily Dialoguers! You rock!

Daily Dialogue — November 21, 2015

November 21st, 2015 by

“I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.”

In a Lonely Place (1950), screenplay by Andrew Solt, adaptation by Edmund H. North, story by Dorothy B. Hughes

The Daily Dialogue theme for the month: Writers and Writing.

Trivia: In the original ending and the final shooting script, Dix actually did kill Laurel in the heat of their argument. Martha comes and discovers the body as Dix silently types his script. Later, when his detective friend comes to arrest him, Dix says that he’s almost done with his script. There is a close-up of the last page of the script, echoing the words Dix said in the car to Laurel: “I was born when she kissed me, I died when she left me, I live a few weeks while she loved me.” It is said that this scene was filmed, but before it could be shown to a test audience, director Nicholas Ray shot a new ending because he wasn’t pleased with the scripted ending – he didn’t want to think that violence was the only way out of this situation. He cleared the set, including Lauren Bacall, who was visiting her husband on-set at the time, except for Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Art Smith – who ended up not being used in the final scene filmed – plus the camera and sound men. They improvised the ending that is seen in the final cut.

Dialogue On Dialogue: When you think of film noir, do you think of screenwriters as main characters? Here in the movie In a Lonely Place, the story explores the shadow self of the Protagonist Dixon Steele, a writer’s dark nature.

Daily Dialogue — November 20, 2015

November 20th, 2015 by

“I wrote no defense of Eichmann, but I did try to reconcile the shocking mediocrity of the man with his staggering deeds. Trying to understand him is not the same thing as forgiveness. And furthermore, I see it as my responsibility to understand. It is the responsibility of anyone who dares to put pen to paper on this subject.”

Hannah Arendt (2012), written by Pam Katz & Margarethe von Trotta

The Daily Dialogue theme for the month: Writers and Writing. Today’s suggestion by Gisela.

Trivia: Director Margarethe von Trotta was confronted with the idea for a movie about the German philosopher Hannah Arendt in December 2002. She couldn‘t imagine to portray somebody “thinking“ on big screen while first, but changed her mind a few weeks later while driving on a bus with her US Co-writer Pamela Katz. It took nine years of research, writing and complicate financing until von Trotta could start shooting in October 2011 (as a coproduction between Germany, Luxembourg, France and Israel).

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Gisela: “Hannah Arendt wrote about crimes against humanity, about how the Holocaust could happen. But her plea for understanding what you talk about fits all art.

Von Trotta‘s movie reflects how Arend is loathed for her writing. At the end of the movie her husband asks her: “Would you have covered the trial if you knew what was expecting you?” She answers: “Yes. I would have covered it. Maybe to learn who my real friends are.”

Daily Dialogue — November 19, 2015

November 19th, 2015 by

INTERVIEWER: I’d like to talk now about your new novel, Atonement, which is coming out in a few days to coincide with your birthday. It’s your twenty-first novel…
OLDER BRIONY: It’s my last novel.
INTERVIEWER: Oh, really? You mean you’re retiring?
OLDER BRIONY: No, dying. My doctor tells me I have something called vascular dementia; which is essentially a continuous series of tiny strokes. Your brain gradually closes down. You lose words, you lose your memory: which, for a writer, is pretty much the point. That’s why I could finally write this book; and why, of course, it’s my last novel. Strangely enough, it would be just as accurate to call it my first novel. I wrote several drafts as far back as my time at St. Thomas’s Hospital during the war. I just couldn’t ever find the way to do it.
INTERVIEWER: Because the novel is autobiographical, is that right?
OLDER BRIONY: Yes, entirely. I haven’t changed any names, including my own.
INTERVIEWER: And was that the problem?
OLDER BRIONY: No. I had for a very long time decided to tell the absolute truth.

Atonement (2007), screenplay by Christopher Hampton, novel by Ian McEwan

The Daily Dialogue theme for the month: Writers and Writing. Today’s suggestion by Melinda.

Trivia: James McAvoy considered the script the best he had ever read.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Melinda: “I couldn’t find a clip, which is unfortunate because this is an incredible movie — and the start of its incredible, heartbreaking ending. This film is all about writing — a young girl trying to get attention through her innocent plays, a chance word used in a letter, the contents of that letter misunderstood…which the heroine ultimately tries to atone for through a gift of writing.”

Daily Dialogue — November 18, 2015

November 18th, 2015 by

JESS: I think restaurants have become too important.
MARIE: Oh, I agree. Restaurants are to people in the 80s what theater was to people in the 60s. I read that in a magazine.
JESS: I wrote that.
MARIE: Get out of here.
JESS: No, I did. I wrote that.
MARIE: I’ve never quoted anything from a magazine in my life. That’s amazing, don’t you think that’s amazing? And you wrote it?
JESS: I also wrote pasta was the quiche of the 80s.
MARIE: Get over yourself.
JESS: I did!
MARIE: Where did I read that?
JESS: New York Magazine.
HARRY: Sally writes for New York Magazine.
MARIE: You know, that piece had a real impact on me. I don’t know that much about writing, but…
JESS: It spoke to you, and that pleases me.
MARIE: You really have to admire people who can be that articulate.
JESS: Nobody has ever quoted me back to me before.

When Harry Met Sally (1989), written by Nora Ephron

The Daily Dialogue theme for the month: Writers and Writing. Today’s suggestion by mkm28.

Trivia: The concept of Sally being a picky eater was based on Nora Ephron, the scriptwriter, and so years after the movie came out, when Nora Ephron was on a plane and ordered something very precise, the stewardess looked at her and asked “Have you ever seen the movie ‘When Harry Met Sally’?”

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by mkm28: “The way to a writer’s heart? Compliment their work.” :)

Daily Dialogue — November 17, 2015

November 17th, 2015 by

BUD: A writer! What could you write about? You’re not oppressed or gay.
SHAUN: Not all writers are gay.
BUD: Well, they’re all poor.
SHAUN: That’s not true. What about Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Anne Rice?
BUD: Three people, in the history of literature!

Orange County (2002), written by Mike White

The Daily Dialogue theme for the month: Writers and Writing. Today’s suggestion by David Proenza.

Trivia: Three people involved in the production have famous parents. Colin Hanks is Tom Hanks’ son, Schuyler Fisk is Sissy Spacek’s daughter and director Jake Kasdan is Lawrence Kasdan’s son.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by David: “this movie came out pretty much the same semester I decided to pursue my degree in creative writing and this one scene in particular really hit home as most of my family (while supportive) couldn’t understand why…”

Daily Dialogue — November 16, 2015

November 16th, 2015 by

SARAH: So what award did that little shit get?
JOHN: The Manchester Book Critics. Hardly the Booker Prize, I know, but it’s not bad for a first novel. The “little shit,” as you call him, has talent. I just hope he sells.
SARAH: I trust you taught him your favorite motto.
JOHN: And what motto’s that?
SARAH: You know damn well. You drilled it into me years ago.
“Awards are like hemorrhoids. Sooner or later every asshole gets one.”
JOHN: Did I say that?
My God, you’re jealous, aren’t you?
SARAH: You don’t look after me anymore.

Swimming Pool (2003), written by François Ozon, collaboration with Emmanuèle Bernheim, English Translation Sionanna O‘Neill

The Daily Dialogue theme for the month: Writers and Writing. Today’s suggestion by Katha.

Trivia: Charlotte Rampling’s character Sarah is named after her sister, who killed herself at age 23. She told The Guardian, “I thought that after such a very long time of not letting her be with me that I would like to bring her back into my life.”

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Katha: “Awards are very important in the game. Who becomes famous and who don‘t. And sometimes you don‘t know why somebody gets one. The publisher gave Sarah his motto to keep her small, now she uses it to make some other writer small – and the publisher who sells him. She works with subtext though.”