Saturday, June 07, 2014

VOICE-OVERS

I generally dislike voice-overs but sometimes they work. I liked William Holden's voice-over in SUNSET BOULEVARD. What one works for you? THE WONDER YEARS used the voice of the adult Kevin (Daniel Stern) well too.

See my review of THE IMMIGRANT on CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Two excellent examples.

For me, Woody Allen's voiceover at the beginning of ANNIE HALL worked. It set the tone and made me laugh.


Jeff M.

George said...

I agree with Jeff on ANNIE HALL. I also think Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his voice-overs work in THE CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

Richard said...

Dick Powell in MURDER MY SWEET.

Deb said...

Celeste Holm's voice-over in the beginning of All About Eve.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm not really sure what a voice over is.

Naomi Johnson said...

Richard Dreyfuss's voiceover in STAND BY ME.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I didn't remember that, Naomi. Have to go look for it. He has a wonderful voice.
A voice 0ver is when an unseen voice does narration in a movie. It's often the central character later on in life, telling you about an earlier time. In Celeste Holm's case an observer. As with THE GREAT GATSBY and Nick.

Margot Kinberg said...

I'll have to go with Woody Allen in Annie Hall, too.

Peter DiChellis said...

I always liked Ray Liotta's (Henry Hill) voiceover in Goodfellas. Great storytelling, right from the get-go: "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster."

pattinase (abbott) said...

That movie got everything right, didn't it. Ray Liotta never got a better part.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Jean Shepherd as the adult Ralphie in Christmas Story. Ray Liotta in Goodfellas. Wm Holden in Sunset Boulevard. The little girl in Days of Heaven.

pattinase (abbott) said...

He is my favorite. Have all his books. Wish they would make his old radio broadcasts available.

Anders E said...

Steve Martin in DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID. What a brilliant parody.

Richard said...

Wish I'd thought of Jean Shepard. He is so great.

Anonymous said...

James Stewart in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation.

Cap'n Bob said...

Robert Mitchum in The Big Sleep.

Anonymous said...

Some episodes of Maverick were narrated by James Garner in voice-over. One, "Two Beggars on Horseback," was narrated alternately by Garner, Jack Kelly, and Patricia Barry, with each character giving a contradictory (and self-serving) version of the story.