Here is my personal TOP 5 of the best movie monologues.
#1.The Great Dictator
by Charlie Chaplin (1940)
In my opinion, the gratest monologue of the history of cinema is the one of Charlie Chaplin on his first talking picture. I suppose that in 1940 Mr. Chaplin couldn’t imagine that, 76 year after the realease of the film, his speech will be projected into modernity again. I would say “an evergreen”.
#2.The 25th Hour
by Spike Lee (2002)
Spike Lee tells us about the disease of the repentant pusher in a crosscutting scene where Edward Norton and himseld in the mirror are alternated with the images of different social groups in a NYC post 9/11. Edward Norton says what everyone would says, but he even doesn’t has the courage to say it! So he lets his image on the mirror spit his speech on his own face.
He is totally democratic, he say f**k to everyone in NYC without any discrimination: Black people, Asian, Russian criminals, Italians Chelsea’s omosexuals, Ebrews, Wall Street’s people, women of the Upper East Side, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
The scene is a reminiscence of Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (my #5).
by Fritz Lang (1931)
In the final speech of Peter Lorre we can clearly see the double personality of the Monster created by Fritz Lang in one of his masterpieces.
by Francis Ford Coppola (1979)
The Colonnel Kurtz is the result of the brutality of the Vietnam War. We are seduced and confused by this mentally insane Marlon Brando in the mid-light, trying to discover his complete image outside the camera. We see the horror.
(Here is the Italian dubbing)
by Martin Scorsese (1976)
Robert De Niro is the coolest cabby ever. The well-known “Are you talkin’to me?” scene at the mirror is something everyone of us has parodied at least one time in his life.
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