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21st May '17 10:55:25 AM eroock
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-->'''Spalding Gray''' on the film ''Swimming To Cambodia''

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-->'''Spalding -->-- '''Spalding Gray''' on the film ''Swimming To to Cambodia''
27th Apr '17 10:53:30 PM jacob008
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Footage (specifically, close shots) of people ... talking, with little or no other action. Theoretically easy to write and definitely cheap to film, Talking Heads can be boring.

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Footage (specifically, close shots) of people ... talking, with little or no other action. Theoretically easy to write and definitely cheap to film, Talking Heads can be boring.
boring (though usually considered ok in books.)
24th Feb '17 6:29:50 AM AnotherGuy
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* All one-man shows, such as Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain act, fall under this category.
* ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'' is the rare example of a ''narrative'' drama employing this.
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24th Feb '17 6:26:57 AM AnotherGuy
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* Spalding Gray is the TropeCodifier of film, taking his off-off-Broadway one man shows to film, including ''Swimming To Cambodia'', ''Monster In a Box'', ''Gray's Anatomy'', and the {{HBO}} special ''Terrors of Pleasure''. In ''Box'', he refers to himself as a "raving talking head".
* Lily Tomlin quickly followed Gray with a film adaptation of her one-woman show ''The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe''.



* Spaulding Gray during his monologues calls himself a "raving talking head".
24th Feb '17 6:23:06 AM AnotherGuy
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->''"It's eighty-seven minutes ofa raving talking head -- mine."''
-->'''Spalding Gray''' on the film ''Swimming To Cambodia''
19th Jun '16 6:42:20 PM TheUnknownUploader
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** The same goes for mockumentaries, like ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' and ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''.
15th Apr '16 2:50:34 AM JackG
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* Used for a BaitAndSwitch in ''Film/EuropaReport'' [[spoiler:when an apparent survivor being interviewed after the mission is actually dictating her log before her death.]]
21st Jan '16 7:29:50 AM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': The radio programs adapted to television are often "talky" episodes. However, visual gags are often thrown into the script (indeed, many are carried over from the radio where they are described, but not shown). The show, humorous on the radio, definitely '''does not''' suffer in the adaptation to television.
3rd Nov '15 3:11:59 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/FrankMiller's ''TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'' has a lot of these. A LOT. Gets to be kind of {{anvilicious}} at times.

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* Creator/FrankMiller's ''TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'' ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'' has a lot of these. A LOT. Gets to be kind of {{anvilicious}} at times.
19th Oct '15 6:39:54 PM jamespolk
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* Many documentary films use talking heads for interviews. ''Film/HarlanCountyUSA'' uses a fairly standard talking head format for interviews, but is notable for the fact that the interviews took place during the strike the movie centers around, not after.
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