The Best Monologue In Netflix’s The Fall Of The House Of Usher Started Off As A Joke [ATX Festival] – SlashFilm


During the panel, dubbed “The Monologue Case Study With Mike Flanagan,” the storyteller expressed his admiration for monologues as an art form and noted how “increasingly rare” they have become in film and television. When asked about the creative process for the lemon monologue in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” he explained how it started as a brief joke:

“The lemon monologue (…) it was meant to be a two-line joke. It was a joke! It’s kind of like in ‘Midnight Mass,’ if you guys have seen that show. (…) There were monologues because I had a lot to say and this was a chance to say what I believe. With the lemon thing, which was a joke, it just kept happening. (…) I just became giddy about the idea of any actor performing it.”

Greenwood, who had previously worked with Flanagan on “Gerald’s Game,” was used to shooting the monologue format without any cuts or edits, and replicated the process for “Usher.” There, the humor of the scene hinged on the continuous focus on Roderick throughout his speech, which would then cut back to Dupin’s bewildered face. Flanagan added:

“Nothing got cut. You can tell, because we never cut the camera (laughs). Half the joke was that we stay on Bruce the whole time, and it’s just a slow push, no edits, that the laugh would be when we cut back to Carl Lumley afterward. And it worked.”

This Flanalogue, a term coined by actor Rahul Kohli (as recounted by Flanagan during the panel), ends on a rather grim note about the patent of cross-pollinated seeds to amass profits. It’s a reference to a horrible real-life incident that makes Roderick’s rant chillingly relevant within the context of rampant, remorseless late-stage capitalism.

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