Midday’s Memorable Movie Monologues

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Do you have a favorite movie monologue? You know, that moment when the actor expresses him- or herself in a (usually) perfectly crafted speech? Or do you, perhaps, feel that such addresses are too formal and/or artificial and/or expositional? But what if it’s a courtroom summary argument, as Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch speaks in To Kill a Mockingbird? Or what if it’s purposefully sermon-like, as is the (liberal) reading of Ezekiel 25:17 that Samuel L. Jackson’s hit man Jules recites in Pulp Fiction? Or the melancholy confession of “sad, sad, sad” that Elizabeth Taylor’s Martha makes to George Segal’s Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  Or the dressing-down that Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestley gives to Anne Hathaway’s Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada? A monologue can be many things: some good, some less so. When it works, we remember it long after the film is done.

Join host Dan Rodricks and Midday film critics Linda DeLibero – Director, Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University – and Christopher Llewellyn Reed – Chair and Professor, Department of Film/Video, Stevenson University – on Friday, March 6, at 1pm, as they discuss memorable movie monologues. Which ones are your favorites? Which ones do you not like? Tune in to hear what we have to say, and add your own voice to the conversation by listening live and emailing your comments and questions to midday@wypr.org, or by calling in at 410-662-8780 (locally), or toll-free at 1-866-661-9309. If you can’t listen locally, you can live-stream the show on-line. If all else fails, you can always download the podcast afterwards, either via iTunes or the Midday page.

Enjoy the show!

[Pictured above: top row, l-r, The Devil Wears Prada, The Godfather; 2nd row, l-r, Patton, No Way Out, The Night of the Hunter, The Lion in Winter; 3rd row, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; 4th row, The Last Picture Show; 5th row, l-r, The Third ManPulp Fiction]

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