Taking a moment to appreciate the artistry behind acting, I’d like to highlight some of the most memorable, if not noteworthy monologues ever seen on the big screen. Traditionally, a monologue is a long speech delivered by an actor of the stage or screen, during which either a climactic realization is reached or a larger audience is being addressed. I’ll begin with what I consider to be one of the greatest (if not the greatest) films ever made, Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather Part II. The Godfather Part II is known as the most successful movie sequel of all time, earning a total of 11 Academy Award nominations and winning 6. Among the nominees was method-actor Lee Strasberg, who co-founded the Group Theatre in 1931 and became director of the Actors Studio in 1950. Strasberg influenced a new generation of stage actors, including up-and-coming Broadway actor Al Pacino. When Pacino broke into film with The Godfather and was brought back for Part II, he asked Coppola to cast his mentor Strasberg in the supporting cast. Strasberg took the role of mob-boss Hyman Roth, and earned one of the film’s Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
While his overall performance is worthy of recognition, the monologue Strasberg delivers to Al Pacino in this scene from Godfather Part II is definitely what earned him his nomination. In the scene, Hyman Roth is trying to become “business partners” with Michael Corleone (portrayed by Pacino), only Corleone knows that Roth is behind a recent attempt on his life. As Corleone continues to stall on their deal, Roth explains the nature of their business by indirectly informing Corleone that he knows Corleone is behind the murder of one of his former colleagues, among many others. Strasberg does such a great job delivering his lines that you almost forget what movie you’re watching; as if you were listening to an older story your grandfather was telling you and simply could not help but be drawn to it. If you haven’t seen any of the Godfather films, at least watch this small tidbit, and if you’re not intrigued, well then we just have different taste in movies. The video clip is here on MADE…we’ll be bringing you a new memorable monologue next week, so be sure to check back in. Enjoy!!