Re: interior monologue

From: Captain P.J. (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Aug 18 2006 - 13:55:15 PDT

('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is) Forgive me if someone has mentioned this before (I just switched to the condensed "digest" version of FrameWorks, so I'm not sure if I'm really "up-to-date" on the postings):

I suggest "Adaptation" by Spike Jonze, written by Charlie Kaufman and his non-existant brother Donald (the first fictitious person to be nominated for an Oscar). It's filled with great inner monologue (including, I believe, a sceen with Kaufman reading his own inner monologue aloud from the screenplay he has just written himself into). I particularly like:

"I need coffee. Coffee would help me write. Or maybe I should write first and then reward myself with coffee. Coffee and a muffin."

Really relfects my own creative process. Hmm. Actually, coffee would help right about now.

I also suggest "The Speckled Band" by Phil Rowe.


Original message:

I'm looking for examples in narrative cinema of real interior monologues, as opposed to voice-over narration disguised as an interior monologue, as in "Sunset Boulevard." A real interior monologue is first-person present-tense speech in which the protagonist talks to him or herself, not to the spectator. In other words, subjective rather than objective speech. For example, the protagonist might be lost and we hear him or her say "Where am I?" Or they are drunk and say, "Wow, I drank too much!" I saw a great one recently in an Anthony Mann noir (I think), where a single monologue goes from objective to subjective and back to objective. But I can't remember the title. I don't want to restrict this to story movies. Experimental examples would be great as long as the monologue is actually spoken. I have already thought of Kuchar.

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