How to write a love scene (Part 1) …

Do you love me?

One of my favorite love scenes comes from the musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.  As a father watches his daughters break with tradition and seek marriage for love, he is driven to consider his own life and dreams.

This song, “Do You Love Me?” is a great example for the screenwriter of the power of well-constructed dialogue.  Don’t let the fact that some of the words rhyme distract from the quality of the conversation between two characters who have spent most of their time in the story yelling at each other.  You learn their backstory, their life struggles, and even the answer to the question.  Do you love me?

I can still cry just watching this scene.

If you haven’t seen FIDDLER ON THE ROOF or if you haven’t seen it in a long time, I would encourage you to check it out.  It’s a great story that also happens to have some pretty good songs.

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