From: Captain P.J. (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Aug 21 2006 - 07:52:38 PDT
Loosely described, it's the story of a night spent in hell as a father waits to hear back about his daughter who is in the hospital with meningitis. The father reaches out with all he can to make sense of the situation and, being a writer, turns to literature- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to be specific ("The Speckled Band" is an adventure of Sherlock Holmes)- and constructs a poem (a poem which later, in "real life," becomes the film).
It is best described for your purposes as "a film adaptation of a poem in the present tense that functions both as narrative and interior monologue."
Unfortunately, at this time, it only exists on VHS. Can you use VHS? If so, I'll ask the filmmaker if I can send you a copy.
Can you say more about "Speckled Band"? What kind of film is it, and is
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From: "Captain P.J." <email suppressed>
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Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 2:55 PM
Subject: Re: [FRAMEWORKS] interior monologue
> Forgive me if someone has mentioned this before (I just switched to
> condensed "digest" version of FrameWorks, so I'm not sure if I'm
> "up-to-date" on the postings):
> I suggest "Adaptation" by Spike Jonze, written by Charlie Kaufman and
> non-existant brother Donald (the first fictitious person to be
> for an Oscar). It's filled with great inner monologue (including, I
> believe, a sceen with Kaufman reading his own inner monologue aloud
> the screenplay he has just written himself into). I particularly
> "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
> 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
> as opposed to voice-over narration disguised as an interior
> in "Sunset Boulevard." A real interior monologue is first-person
> present-tense speech in which the protagonist talks to him or
> to the spectator. In other words, subjective rather than objective
> 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
> great one recently in an Anthony Mann noir (I think), where a single
> monologue goes from objective to subjective and back to objective.
> can't remember the title. I don't want to restrict this to story
> Experimental examples would be great as long as the monologue is
> spoken. I have already thought of Kuchar.
> Gene Youngblood
> Department of Moving Image Arts
> The College of Santa Fe
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