Steven: Sue… would you like to go downtown with me to the movies tonight to celebrate?
Sue: Stevie, Stevie wait a minute.
Sue: I want to tell you something. I’m ashamed of it.
Sue: Oh I wanted to go. Nobody ever asked me before. But I just can’t.
Steven: Why not?
Sue: I’m phobic. I haven’t been off grounds since I came. Not once. It’s what’s wrong with me.
Steven: What would happen if you did? I mean like going downtown to the movies. Start screaming or something? Well they’d think you were a critic, that’s all.
Sue: Well, I’d like to try though. I mean, well—maybe if you went with me and knew about it, it would be alright. If you took care of me.
Steven: Alright let’s go then.
Sue: Oh no. I didn’t mean now. I just meant sometime. I couldn’t go suddenly.
Steven: Okay. Sometime.
“The smooth, naturalistic storytelling Ferguson values is incarnated in another quality, one as important for him as for the pioneering tastemaker Gilbert Seldes (The Seven Lively Arts): Movies should move. Static talking scenes are of less value than drama translated into action. This doesn’t mean that every scene must be a fight or a chase, only that the scene should project a flow of physical activity in which skillful performers realize the story concretely. Melodrama, gangster films, comedy light or slapstick—all find their ultimate expression in charged motion, big or small.” - David Bordwell