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April 1998, Week 4


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Donald Larsson <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 24 Apr 1998 14:16:35 -0500
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Matt McAllister requested:
> A colleague of mine is trying to compile a list of movies that have
> portrayed awards ceremonies or public speaking sort of things. I've racked
> my brain and can only come up with a short few (Pride of the Yankees, A
> Star is Born, and maybe All about Eve).
> Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
THE PRIZE (about the Nobels), which also prompts thinking of the ending
FOR THE BOYS is framed by a television awards ceremony
Fredric March's speech at the bank dinner in BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
There is some public speaking at all of the FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL
(and we might add a long list of films that feature such
occasions--from the original FATHER OF THE BRIDE to THE BIG CHILL and
There is the ceremony honoring the women players of A LEAGUE OF THEIR
Charlie Parker attends the Downbeat Awards in BIRD
Winona Ryder improvises her graduation speech in REALITY BITES
The Wizard of Oz confers honors on Dorothy and co. at the end of the
The speech at the end of THE GREAT DICTATOR might make the list
There's the speech by Edward G. Robinson in TALES OF MANHATTAN
Godfrey tells off the snobs at the Scavanger Hunt at the beginning of
One of the most deadening speeches ever recorded on film (quite
deliberately) is Heywood Floyd's "pep talk" at the moon base in 2001
Check out the police ceremony honoring bravery at the end of LA
Audrey Hepburn makes a public announcement at the end of ROMAN HOLIDAY
MY LEFT FOOT is framed by an awards ceremony
George S. Patton rouses the troops in the opening of PATTON
A celebration of the cleaning up of the Thames is marred by a corpse at
the beginning of Hitchcock's FRENZY
Djibril Diop Mambety's HYENAS involves a public ceremony, with speaking
The flyer violates THE RULES OF THE GAME by announcing his infatuation
to the world when he is interviewed after the flight
(I have tried to omit all those films that deal with royalty,
politicians, and/or actors in particular speaking roles)
Don Larsson
Donald Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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