From where do we draw wisdom?
First and foremost, Seraphic Secret relies on the Torah—written and oral—on the lessons of 3,000 years of Jewish history, and on 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 for 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 five slices of dialogue by some of of Hollywood’s finest screenwriters that brilliantly and economically unmask a raw and vulnerable humanity.
Harlow as Daisy: “Are ya gonna to try and reform me?”
Wallace Ford as Detective Fitzpatrick: “What for?”
Jean Harlow as China Doll to Clark Gable as Captain Alan Gaskell: “But you taught me something I didn’t even know myself. When a woman can love a man right down to her fingernails, she can hate him the same way.”
Vivien Leight as Scarlett O’Hara: “Cathleen, who’s that?”
Marcella Martin as Cathleen Calvert: “Who?”
Scarlett: “That man looking at us and smiling. The nasty, dark one.”
Cathleen: “My dear, don’t you know? That’s Rhett Butler. He’s from Charleston. He has the most terrible reputation.”
Scarlett: “He looks as if… as if he knows what I look like without my shimmy!”
Dall as Bart to Cummin as Annie Laurie: “We go together, Annie. I don’t know why. Maybe like guns and ammunition go together.”
Sterling as Lorraine to Kirk Douglas as Chuck: “I don’t go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.”