A long-awaited and much-needed collection of long and short monologues for alltypes, taken from great films.A long-awaited and much-needed collection of long and short monologues for alltypes, taken from great films.Read Less
The Actor?s Book of Movie Monologues is a condensed compilation of some of the best excerpts from many classic films, and some recent ones too.
Published in 1998, the 240-page pocket-sized book is the perfect companion for the actor and/or actress needing a good reference source for a wide variety of movie monologues.
Edited by Marisa Smith and Amy Schewel who both have backgrounds in theatre production and theatre and film acting, the book contains many monologues that are not published before- in many cases the authors transcribed the monologues directly from the screen.
The essential quality derived from the choices in the book is that each monologue contains a single moment to play for the audience, which will give the actor or actress delivering the piece, a complete dramatic arc to present.
There is a 17-page Monologue Profile Reference Chart in the back of the book which breaks down each piece as to the Film it?s from, the character delivering the monologue, his occupation, the actor who originated in and so forth, so that the actor seeking out a new piece for audition can see the film and the way the piece originated.
There is also what I think is a really excellent addition, the Afterword, in the back of the collection. This section is a list of ?advice? from casting director and actors and teachers on what to do in an audition. Every bit of advice may not be the best for you but it?s interesting to see what some of the greats suggest.
For instance Griffin Dunne suggests that you do not do a ?show-off? piece that you don?t relate to- find something close to what you believe and feel in your heart.
Elizabeth McGovern suggests that whenever you audition, pretend that the person there is a friend- this is a tall order for some actors who are hard pressed to make the greatest impression in a three-minute audition time slot.
Deborah Brown the casting director echoes Griffin Dunne when she says to choose something close to yourself, and also do something appropriate to the role you?re auditioning for.
But the real value in this book is the choice of monologues, and what a rich and varied collection it is! There is Peter Lorre?s murder monologue from ?M?, Marlon Brando?s Taxi speech from ?On The Waterfront? (I coulda beena contenda...!), Martin Balsam?s speech about Holly Golightly from ?Breakfast at Tiffany?s?, to name just a few of the wide and varied selections; but there?s also Paul Newman in ?The Hustler? and Jack Lemmon form ?The Apartment?.
For any actor who needs a good resource, this is one of the best for the great films that we all know.
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