Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Best Speech in 20th Century Cinema*

video

*according to me.

22 comments:

Ben said...

What movie is that from?

mooderino said...

Broadcast News.

Dan said...

Great post. Albert Brooks rocks. My favorite of his is Defending Your Life.

Sarah Pearson said...

He's convinced me :-)

Susan Gourley said...

I love the last line.

Steve Abernathy said...

Albert! My man!

Donna K. Weaver said...

A lot of truth in that. The boiling frog scenario.

Brent Wescott said...

My wife turned me on to this movie. Brilliant.

Ted Cross said...

Nah, Rutger Hauer's dying speech in Blade Runner is by far the best! Listen to his speech, the incredible timing and emotion, and imagine being an actor and trying to pull that off. Unbelievable!

Madeleine said...

Not seen that movie before. Interesting.

mooderino said...

Thanks fo rthe comments, definitely a film worth watching if you haven't already.

@Ted - I'd say the difference between this and RH in Blade Runner is that that speech is powered by the performance, whereas this one is powered by the meaning of the words. The fact we don't appreciate the life we have, while true, is somewhat trite and almost new age hippy dippy. The redefining of the devil into terms that still apply today (maybe even more so) is properly enlightening.

julie fedderson said...

Even at nearly 25 years old, this is still one of the best movies to see.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Great clip.... Looks like a really good film.

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LD Masterson said...

Sign - and here I sit with no sound. My old monitor had integrated speakers. By brand new one doesn't. Need to run to the store this weekend.

Sophia Richardson said...

You got me, I might have to watch that film.

Ted Cross said...

Since I believe the devil does not exist, I can't agree. Redefining a myth just makes it a different myth.

mooderino said...

It isn't literal. Spaceships don't have to actually explode off the shoulder of Orion to make a point valid.

Arlee Bird said...

Never saw this film before. The content of the speech makes sense, but I'd have to think on that greatest film speech claim.


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Christa said...

I have a love/hate relationship with Broadcast News, but I agree that Albert Brooks is amazing in it and this is one of his best monologues!

Lydia Kang said...

I love those actors! Although sometimes I think I'm hearing Nemo's Dad, Marlin getting all angsty...LOL

Michael Offutt said...

I've never seen this film. But behind every great film and every great actor and every great speech is good writing.

Paul D. Brazill said...

Love it! Never seen it before.

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