Contemporary Movie Monologues 1960-1989: For Audition and Study

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Marisa Smith, Joselyn Beard
Smith and Kraus, 1991 - Drama - 171 pages
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In the unending quest for the perfect audition monologue, the works of the world's great screenwriters provide an exciting and near-inexhaustible source. Master wordsmiths like Paul Schrader, Ray Bradbury, and Woody Allen have all lent their formidable talents to the silver screen, creating some of the most memorable moments in the history of the performing arts.This book is offered to the auditioning actor and actress in the hope that among these pages you will find that most elusive perfect monologue. And so you are hereby invited to take a look within, but be warned: we've assembled some potent stuff! From the blistering (Mississippi Burning) to the romantic (When Harry Met Sally), every effort has been made to present a respectable variety of monologues from contemporary world cinema. All ages, sexes, and types of roles are equally represented—giving you, the performer, a wide assortment from which to choose. While researching this book, we had no choice but to assign ourselves the task of watching most of these films at home. Imagine! Being forced to curl up on our comfy couches, pad and pencil in hand, and having to sit through films like The Days of Wine and Roses, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Anne of the Thousand Days for hours on end! It was nothing short of . . . pure pleasure. We can only hope that you will enjoy using this book as much as we did putting it together. Enjoy and break a leg!

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The Manchurian Candidate
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About the author (1991)

Playwright/Editor JOCELYN A. BEARD, a veteran of NYU's film school and the Yale School of Drama, has edited almost forty monologue books for Smith and Kraus. Her Screenplay, Igor and the Lunatics, was made into a feature film and subsequently listed in Heavy Metal magazine as "One of the 10 Sleaziest Movies Ever Made!" Notwithstanding, Jocelyn lives in an old haunted house in the Hudson River Valley with her husband, Kevin Kitowski, their beautiful daughter, Blythe, and lots of dogs.

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