Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 22:38:21 EDT
From: Bapopik
Subject: BULWORTH anachronisms

Warren Beatty's latest movie, BULWORTH, takes place in the primary season
of 1996--just two years ago. Seemingly not much time for anachronisms,
"Ebonics?" That was an extremely rare term (even in scholarly circles)
until December 1996. Warren, don't you remember??
Much of the dialogue seems written rather than spoken. A real Bulworth
would not be able to come up with instant rhymes on-the-spot to every issue.
Especially while in a drunken state, and after days with no sleep! And no
matter how much Nina (Halle Berry) is versed in political jargon, a real Nina
would not be able to give the MEET THE PRESS answers the screenwriters have
her say.
As for dialect, none of it seems especially indigenous to any part of
California. California is represented by blacks and Jews, but where are the
Spanish speakers?


Today's Safire "On Language" column mentions written words that no one
supposedly says. As a lawyer, I can relate to that. Some lawyer has a T-
shirt that says "Just Say Nolo," but who says "nolo"?
Safire's title is a pun on the Noel Coward song, "You're the Top."
BULWORTH played at the Ziegfeld Theatre, and there were photos of the New
Amsterdam Theatre and the Ziegfeld Follies on the wall. Several playbills had

Ziegfeld Roof
The Meeting Place of the World
Atop the New Amsterdam Theatre

"Atop" was always used for this theatre. New York has "atop" places!