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Exposition in comedy


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His Girl Friday. This film is an absolute joy.  As you watch the clip, take notice of all of the information we are getting both literally and emotionally.  A game is being played between the two of them of control and power and love and as that game is played out we get all of the backstory information we need to understand their relationship while simultaneously understanding that he wants her back and she doesn't want him.  Literal question: will she come back and work at the paper?  Emotional question: Will she take him back?   As they fight about it, all the info comes out.  Genius, I tell you. 

Can't think of another contemporary comedy that does it better than this. If you've got one, put it in the comments!

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