Gore Vidal, in the April 1977 issue of AMERICAN FILM: “I like a talky movie. I believe that an audience will sit still for a great deal of dialogue, if it’s good. A director told me the other day that you couldn’t have any scene that lasted more than three minutes. The audience wouldn’t sit still for anything longer, which is nonsense. If the scene is interesting, the audience will listen for as long as necessary. But you have to be interesting.”

Gore Vidal, in the April 1977 issue of AMERICAN FILM: “I like a talky movie. I believe that an audience will sit still for a great deal of dialogue, if it’s good. A director told me the other day that you couldn’t have any scene that lasted more than three minutes. The audience wouldn’t sit still for anything longer, which is nonsense. If the scene is interesting, the audience will listen for as long as necessary. But you have to be interesting.”

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