I fall in love again.
The movie celebrated its sixtieth anniversary this year. It showed on TCM tonight, and I remembered why I always fall in love again.
It’s the dancing, singing, acting and …
Aside from the fact I am in love with Gene Kelly, I listened to the words delivered by the actors. I am certain writers, who’ve imagined their books as movies, and script writers think of actors who breathe life into their lines.
The lines were simple, a Hemingway touch.
Some were funny, a classic Hollywood touch.
The writing works.
I once wondered why classic Hollywood was considered the “Golden Era.” Why couldn’t films be as great today?
The classic recipe, as used in Singin’ in the Rain, begins on an empty page. The script writers knew how to write words in a way they were naturally spoken.
The scene in Debbie Reynold’s car, after Gene Kelly has jumped over vehicles in the street, proves my point. He is flirtatious, and she is not impressed. The lines are easy to deliver. You also remember them.
The movie begins with good writing.
I am inspired by old movies, books and music as a writer and author. I do not see the same penned passion in modern movies.
Something is missing.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I am certain it’s the writing.
By Rebecca T. Dickinson