July 07, 2006

Oneliners in The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Forties and some fifties films have the best dialogue that one can find, so I have a little project here on my blog to collect great passages of dialogue from mainly forties films with the desire to learn in my own writing.

The Maltese FalconSpade: You, er – you aren’t exactly the sort of a person you pretend to be, are you?
Brigid: I’m not sure I know exactly what you mean.
Spade: The schoolgirl manner, you know, blushing, stammering, and all that.
Brigid: I haven’t lived a good life – I’ve been bad, worse than you could know.
Spade: That’s good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we’d never get anywhere.
Brigid: I won’t be innocent.
Spade: Good.

~

Spade: (smiling) You are a liar.
Brigid: I am. I’ve always been a liar.
Spade: Don’t brag about it. Was there any truth at all in that yarn?
Brigid: Some…not very much…Oh, I’m – I’m so tired, so tired of lying and making up lies, not knowing what is a lie and what’s the truth. I wish… (Striking a sensual, languishing pose, she reclines back on the couch)


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