SMOKE is a film based on stories by Paul Auster. It’s about the weight of the intangible and the power of story. My favorite Christmas story ever comes at the end; it’s pretty much the entirety of Auster’s “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story.” The incomparable Harvey Keitel does a masterful job in a long, long take.
Following this scene, the entire story is acted out silently while Tom Waits sings “Innocent When You Dream”. Wonderful. Wonderful. I loved it so much, Charlie bought me my own copy.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write something about the weight of intangibles and/or the power of story.