“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”
A simple phrase on its own, but knowing the connection behind it makes all the difference. The phrase “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” is widely considered to be one of the most emotionally resonant quotes in cinematic history. Because it relies on the emotional relationship between the central characters of the film and the arc they endured together. They had a “connection.”
Connection is a difficult word to describe when it comes to the topic of movies. Because its all about relationships the characters have with one another. Connection in a weird sense is all about the individual…in the beginning at least.
It can be illustrated perhaps more simply in the 1986 Walt Disney film The Fox and the Hound. The movie’s main characters are a red fox and a hunting dog. The films tagline reads “the story of two friends who didn’t know they were supposed to be enemies”. They meet, form a connection before societal roles can apply to them, there forced into those antagonistic roles in adulthood…you get the picture.
There connection is strained, and almost completely severed. However, there’s a pivotal scene in the movie that proves the friendship between the two is real. A single look of anguish and honesty that brings the old feelings of amity rushing back.
Connection between characters is what makes films so strong. Solid relationships and characterizations can carry a film’s plot to new heights. Connection makes good movies great, and solid stories exceptional. If you can write characters with real connections, you can do anything.