chapter  7
Dialogue
ByAlexis Krasilovsky
Pages 5

Globally homogenized films often utilize that personable yet condescending news announcer lingo so cutesified by the prose stylists of Time magazine. It uncomfortably echoes something that is imposed from without and dead, like the Roman Empire. More problematic is the screenplay of Fences, written by the revered playwright August Wilson. The film serves an important function as a museum piece, preserving Wilson's dramaturgy for many generations to come, as well as giving people a chance to witness the superb acting skills of Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Sometimes the power of dialogue can extend beyond translations and subtitles, it is a white-collar crime to add a cheap hack-job of inaccurate subtitles to a film that is otherwise a masterpiece. Keeping characters from excessive verbiage is a powerful and lucrative tool for transcending borders in general. Action with minimal dialogue can sell millions more movie tickets.