Fool that you are, you suggest a certain film for the evening. “What’s it about, who’s in it, when was it made?” etc. You give her all that. She has a problem with overly theatrical acting styles, she says, and believes that only films made in the ’80s and beyond have genuine, real-deal acting behavior, so you assure her that the acting isn’t fake.

And then you might mention the music or the cinematography or your history with the film, etc.

“How many times have you seen it?” I don’t know, five or six times, ten or twelve times, more than a few. “And you want to see it again?” I can see great films over and over, it doesn’t matter. On top of which it kinda makes it new in a way when you see it with a virgin.

“What’s the title again?” You give her that and after endless skepticism and vague reluctance she says “okay, let’s go.”

And then you call up the stream or insert the Bluray into the tray or you head for the Aero or Metrograph or Film Forum, and then the movie starts and five or ten minutes later she says, “Oh, I’ve seen this!”