By Alexandra Glinsbockel
“Here’s looking at you kid” (Casablanca, 1942); “There’s no place like home” (The Wizard of Oz, 1939); “I’m the king of the world!” (Titanic, 1997); “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” (Love Story, 1970); “If you build it, he will come” (Field of Dreams, 1989).
Classic quotes from timeless tales; single statements transcending generations; famous narrations that contain an extra quality that seem to have the power to render an audience speechless. What is this secret trait, you may ask? What is so special about lines like “Dignity. Always, dignity” (Singing in the Rain, 1952)? The answer is quite simple: emotion. Every great line ever delivered in a motion picture connects with a particular emotion. Whether joy or despair, loss or elation, these quotes provoke thought, heart, and memory. Drawing an individual into the world of imagination… and out of reality, film has an unspoken etiquette attached to every sitcom, every horror, and every romance that airs. This instinctive rule relates to the reason motion pictures were even created: documentation, connection, and truth. It is not the purpose of this post to criticize failed attempts of this mandate, but rather to enlighten the public about how positive subliminal messages, such as the ones presented within the aforementioned lines, have begun to evaporate.