A monologue is one of the toughest acts to be performed. There is no interlocutor who can play by your emotions and vice versa.At the same, it is also a perfect opportunity for actors to showcase their talent. A monologue well done can take actor to places. Every actor worth his salt had performed a monologue once in his/her lifetime on the screen. Here’s the list of top monologues from movies ever to be delivered on screen. The list consists of both male and female monologues.
1. Travis – ‘Taxi Driver’
In one of the best individual performances in history, Robert De Niro as Travis, has a moment for himself, in front of a mirror. He holsters his gun and ships on his uniform, and rehearses for his change. In a scintillating monologue, De Niro portrays a thousand words from his seemingly deluded actions and bright blue eyes. The frustration against the feudal society, the helplessness and the strike back of a common man is brought about in 120 seconds, and each time he draws his gun from his sleeve, he sends a message about his arrival, that retribution was arriving. This has to be the best monologue ever delivered on the silver screen.
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2. Howard Beale – ‘Network’
‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore’ – Peter Finch in an Oscar winning performance as the eccentric TV journalist Howard Beale, in a broadcast, addresses the failing condition of the society. He slowly starts to raise his voice, urging the people to vent out their frustration and not to act like docile lambs. He tells them to shout, stick their heads out of their windows and yell ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore’. What follows is simply more astounding. The people actually stick their heads out of their windows, and create cacophony, sending the air ablaze with their cries. The rumbling thunder responds to their demands, carrying their voices far and wide. Oppression, deal with it.
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