The American Film Institute released its top 100 movie quotes of all time.
6 of these are from Casablanca – that is a damn good film.
When I read this list, I wonder – will I ever be able to write a great line like one of these? How do these happen? Does a screenwriter consciously strive for one of these memorable lines, does it end up on the page as a result of great skill, is it a moment of sheer inspiration when an idea hits you and you run to write it down? I want to write some great lines. Heck, I’ll take just one.
There is a free email series from Scriptforsale that analyzes famous movie lines from a screenwriter’s perspective. I signed up.