Back to him in close-up as he luxuriates in the experience of looking her over — skip-skip-skip go his eyes down to her feet, skip-skip-skip they go back up.
The minute he's had a look at her, the match goes up, making an almost comical flare as we see her even closer up. Marcel Dalio looks back and donkaqq between them, suddenly wondering whether he should be watching.
She tosses the match over her shoulder without taking her eyes off Bogart, turns to reveal all the planes of her fascinating face, and throws him the pack. And then she's gone in an actual, literal, no-fooling puff of smoke. What just happened? Well, nothing just happened, exactly, but cinematically, that's a clinch.
The camera gets them closer and closer, then there's a flame, then there's an exit as someone enjoys a cigarette. It's a clinch without kissing, without contact, with the principals maybe ten feet apart.
With the liquidity of all her movement, she removes his hand and steps — flows — to the piano, where she starts to sing.
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Her singing voice is not delicate; it's like leather. And she looks pointedly back over her shoulder at the twistys tumblr Humphrey Bogart.
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