Monologues have been in the movies since the early talkies. I think a monologue is an interesting tool to use in a movie, as it can be a multitude of different things. It can be either highly dramatic and intuitive or very funny. So have a think, which is your favourite of the many solo speeches that have abounded in the movies?
Sometimes a debut performance by a rising star can go unnoticed, but in some cases there are debuts that transform careers and announce the arrival of a whole new talent. I am writing this post as I have seen quite a few debut performances that really stuck in my memory. So have a think about which debuts had an impact on you and why?In case people out there are struggling to remember debut performances, I will list some of the ones that I consider very memorable:
Natalie Portman as Mathilde, a young girl who wishes to avenge her families murder and is taken in by a hit man in Leon.
Edward Norton as Aaron Stampler, a stuttering altar boy accused of murder in Primal Fear.
Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, a college graduate who begins an affair with an attractive older woman in The Graduate.
Emily Watson as Bess McNeill, a devoutly religious woman who takes other partners at the wish of her paralysed husband in Breaking the Waves.