From where do we draw wisdom?
First and foremost, Seraphic Secret relies on Torah, on the lessons of 3,000 years of Jewish history and the common sense advice of my wife Karen.
And then there are the movies, a moral landscape of immeasurable power where searing images and razor-sharp dialogue deliver lessons in human character that, for better or worse, shape modern man’s consciousness.
I know it seems ludicrous if not downright blasphemous noting Torah and movies as primary influences but the mind of yours truly, a screenwriter and movie-lover, is a stage of raging intellectual conflicts.
Here are several prime slices of dialogue that elegantly and economically reveal secret corners of our hearts and minds.
Screenplay by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez and Dorothy Farnum.
All we need to know about the Garbo character in five words.
Jean Harlow as Daisy: [Seductively] It’s a funny thing. You drink beer to make you cool, and it just makes yuh hot.
“You look for oil, sometimes you hit a gusher.”
Richard Widmark’s apt metaphor for kissing Jean Peters.
Jane Greer as Kathie: Oh Jeff, you ought to have killed me for what I did a moment ago.
Robert Mitchum as Jeff: There’s time.
This lovely piece of dialoge affirms the doomed relationship of a less than heroic noir chump and the dazzling femme fatale.