Intelligent dialogue--colorful word choice, witty retorts, sly observations, philosophical reflections--draws the reader/viewer in. Intelligent dialogue has a level of 'subtext', the meaning underlying the words. Avoid dialogue that is too 'on the nose'--says what it means and means what it says. Make characters oblique, obscure, and abstract when getting at something; more or less depending on the genre of the film and the nature of the scene.

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