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I randomly stumbled upon your blog last week and as it so happens I live in Austin so went to see "Night Nurse" earlier tonight and I have to say it was extremely cool. I was highly surprised how timeless the movie seemed, as you said it would be, and how quick the dialogue and action flowed. I did have a question for you, but since the audience kept asking questions until the end I wasn't able to ask it. My question was concerning the dialogue. Given how similar and modern the dialogue seemed to a modern movie, especially considering the nearly 80 year gap between us and the movie, I wondered about how dialogue developed following the silent era. This movie was released just a few years after the first talkie, but already the dialogue and staging was incredibly natural. Was this film atypically ahead of its time with regards to this, or was there already a generally competent use of dialogue? Also, on an unrelated note, if you're not busy next week you should check out the Marfa Film Festival which is in Marfa, TX. Looks like it's going to be pretty cool.

Miss Lisa

Stanwyck had such a distinct voice and she used it very intelligently. That's an overlooked aspect of a star's charisma: tone, inflection, projection. I don't know how many takes were generally done for her scenes, but I suspect she got it "right" most every time. She was so sharp and talented. I wonder if her obvious intelligence and wit made it less easy for audiences to project their fantasies of themselves on her. Maybe she wasn't "blank enough" or ultimately campy enough to be as revered as she deserved.

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