Re: interior monologue

From: Jim Flannery (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Aug 17 2006 - 14:42:27 PDT

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 10:11:59 PM, one spoke:

g> Good point about Grizzly Man. I like grey-area cases like that.
g> Regarding the noir example, the past-tense "was" makes it voice-over
g> narration (i.e., extradiegetic) disguised as an interior monologue.
g> If the guy was really talking to himself he'd say "She's trouble.
g> Ain't that just like a dame.." or something like that.

Hm, actually I'm not sure now if the Kern film qualifies ... it's been
over a decade since I last saw it (and I don't have a copy here), it may
be rendered in the past tense. Sort of an odd bird, it's a string of
masturbatory fantasies so there's a feeling of "internal nowness" to the
voice, regardless of the spoken tense.

This is sort of an interesting question ... in films with a past-tense
v/o, is it assumed/intended to be read as an *interior* monolog, or is
there an assumed interlocutor (I mean, excepting those cases like
_Double Indemnity_ where it's made explicit)?

Jim Flannery
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