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Old 09-04-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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I can't imagine Goodfellas without the v.o. b/c there's so much info that would have been missing.
One thing that v.o.'s do very well is capture nuance, which is why they are often indispensable to a film.

And that clip from Stand By Me is probably my all-time favorite v.o.: it is done very well in conjunction with the visual scenes, and the timing is just perfect. Thanks for posting them.
And thank you, StarlaJane, for helping me with this. I'm off for now. The cocktail hour is upon us......... have a good night.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Yea or Nay? Can you think of times when it's worked? When it hasn't?
As someone recently said, its part of telling a story.

Goodfellas is a GREAT example of narration in a movie. Casino is the other that comes to mind as being GREAT.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Shawshank was well done, but a Christmas Story was annoying IMO
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:22 PM
 
Location: in your dreams
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I thought Angela's Ashes was done really well.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:25 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Artifical Intelligence. OMG. I wanted to yell...."Shut Up Already" about the freakin' blue fairy!!!!!!!

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Old 09-06-2011, 04:54 PM
 
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The Basketball Diaries is another good one. Definitely classic, and could not exist w/out it.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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I think that the narration in Kubrick's "The Killing" was good, and gave the movie a "documentary" feel, much like how hearing the TV news reporters' voices through much of "Night of the Living Dead" gave it the feel of a documentary, too.
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Old 09-08-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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It depends on how its used. Sometimes, especially if the film is based on a well-written novel, the V/O can be good, and give us some snippets of the lyrical prose that the original author used. An immediate example of this is the V/O used in the Robert Redford directed film "A River Runs Through It."
Effective and enhancing voice-over was also used well in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" which also was based on a novel by Anthony Burgess.
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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I just saw Young Guns II and Emilio Estevez was narrating it with a high pitched old man voice..uhhhggg
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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It depends on how its used. Sometimes, especially if the film is based on a well-written novel, the V/O can be good, and give us some snippets of the lyrical prose that the original author used. An immediate example of this is the V/O used in the Robert Redford directed film "A River Runs Through It."
Effective and enhancing voice-over was also used well in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" which also was based on a novel by Anthony Burgess.
You know, reading these posts I'm struck by how many great films I've yet to see...
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