Best & Worst: Neurotic Monologue
Best: Issac Davis
Film: Manhattan (1979)
Why It Rocks: Delivering a truly pretentious, but wholly agreeable, reasons to live (Groucho Marx, Louis Armstrong, Swedish movies) into a tape recorder, this is the moment when Isaac Davis realises that he'll miss Tracy's face the most (sniff sniff) and he MUST do something about it.
So he gets out of his tiny apartment and races through the streets of Manhattan, with the standard Woody Allen clarinet music accompaniment, to have a emotions showdown with her just as she's leaving for London.
Not the happiest ending, but a great one.
Film: Love and Death (1975)
Natasha's (Jessica Harper) explanation to Sonja about who loves who in a smorgasbord of entangled love affairs is so dry it's like someone pouring sand into your ears.
She even struggles with the Jewish names!
It takes an old pro like Keaton to interject and deliver the actual funny speech, giving sage-like wisdom on love such as "To love is to suffer. Not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love...to be happy, then, is to suffer....but suffering makes one unhappy so.....". And it goes on.
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