Talk about “Getting Lost In Translation!” That is just what we’ll be finding ourselves talking about today!
So hang onto your credulity, as we discuss the fine line of fact standing between slight Falsehood and pure Fiction! Examine that hairsbreadth of hubris with which we finesse our selection of Slander over Libel! Gloss over the patina of actual newsworthiness underlying each New Yorker and National Enquirer front page! All starting…right…now!
“And if, perchance, the bastards should glance up into their own scurvy arses? There they shall find us already long encamped!” So said Gary Oldman – more or a lot less pithily, while playing British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour (2017).
“Who gives a country-wide crap about all o’ you? All I care about is how much all o’ you, can help all o’ us! Starting with all o’ me!” Which succinct re-working of the famed Presidential Inaugural Speech by the late John F. Kennedy, sounds much closer to the original when passionately declared by Donna Dixon as Karen Boyer in Spies Like Us (1985).
“But first? You might need to pick your jaw up from off the floor!” A piece of eminently practical advice, offered on-the-fly by Lauren Bacall as Marie “Slim” Browning, to Humphrey Bogart as Harry Morgan in To Have and Have Not (1944).
“Mine is a perfect vision of a perfect world! Made up of perfect-ly Aryan people! All blonde! All blue-eyed! All statuesque!” Said the diminutive, dark-haired, dark-eyed, delusional despot; so revered here by Joe Alwyn as Adolf Eichmann’s equally delusional son Klaus. When standing “perfectly” framed against the blue-gold Sunset of his own fading love in Operation Finale (2018).
“Ready to be made uncomfortable, Fred?” Cooed lovingly by Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma Flintstone, into the wilting ear of John Goodman’s Fred Flintstone, in the eponymous The Flintstones (1994).
“Sure you want to know the answer to that question, bruh?” Here rendered almost unrecognizable as a threat, when posed with such remarkable restraint by David Oyelowo playing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma (2014).
“Could you give a Millennial some Tips on how NOT to completely waste a Thousand Years?” Generously inviting Jodie Comer’s hellishly good advice given as Villanelle in season 2, episode 4 of Killing Eve (2019). With the silver lining being? That our favourite psychotic Chameleon could have just as effortlessly mimicked Shakespeare’s Shylock, and answered from her Heart and not her Head, thusly: “Hath not a psycho hands, senses, affections, passions? If I stab you, will you not buh-leeed?”
“You, boy! Didn’t you just hear my siren? An’ which part o’ my America you say you from, again? I mean like – really now, darkie!” Denzel Washington doing a darn Good Job of playing the incomparable Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992).
“In which parallel universe would our current high-tech, plugged-in, 21st century Woke-Blokes…literally create some kinda New-Age, Man-Made, Serving Woman to cater to Mankind’s every whim, Alexa?” And while we wait for Alexa to dutifully text Siri! Or Cortana! Or Sophia! Or…[Insert Random Female Name Here]? Let me add that it was Nicole Kidman who played the (literal!) “model-wife” Joanna Eberhart in that sadly eternal classic, The Stepford Wives (2013).
Making “Truth to Power” the perfect Movie Soundtrack to background our still largely unchanging Lives, as we listen finally to Al Gore introducing himself in perhaps his greatest role to-date! A movie narrator, starting his spiel by stating: “I used to be the next president of the United States…” And delivered with the kind of wry humour that’s always a good sign of Good Leadership in any gender! Especially when seeking to engage an unwilling audience never too keen on being forced to face what they nonetheless can never deny as being An Inconvenient Truth (2006).
That’s a wrap! See you next week!
D. J. PAYNE, Dialogue Doctor – Denise is a banter dialogue specialist whose favourite thing to do is help other writers take their scripts from funny to Funtastic.
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