Monday, December 23, 2013

Second Christmas Clip O' the Day | Holidays with the Ephron's

Based on DESK SET, I'm thinking Phoebe and Henry Ephron shared their writing wisdom with their children Nora, Delia, Hallie and Amy, including:  "When in doubt, set your story during the holidays.  Seriously, it will do a lot of the work for you.  Narrative tension-wise."

See:  SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (Nora), YOU'VE GOT MAIL (Nora), MIXED NUTS (Delia)...  possibly more.   Maybe that's it.

It's hack advice, but there is some truth to it.  I'm working on a holiday story right now, and I'm well aware that I'm absolutely making use of the ideas that:  This is even better because it's Christmas! and/or This is even worse because it's Christmas!

Back to DESK SET, I love that Hepburn & Tracy were cast as leads in a straight-ahead rom-com at 50 and 57 respectively.  No "old" jokes, no overly self-conscious "Back in the Saddle" scenes ala Tom Hanks - at 37 - in SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE.

In DESK SET, they're just people, getting all squishy about each other.

End of story.

Released: 1957
Director: Walter Lang
Leads: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy
Writer: Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron
Genre: Romantic Comedy
DESK SET @ Wikipedia