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Movies I Love to Listen To: Dialects and Accents

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Dead Man's Shoes - es th all talk lek wot i do.

Dead Man's Shoes - es th all talk lek wot i do.
-nudone (April 01, 2011, 01:49 PM)
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Looks good - or more to the point, sounds good :-*

If you like listening to british accents and wonderful natural dialog, it's extremely hard to beat Mike Leigh.

Abigail's Party:

I'll start with the French doing French accents, just because I was married to Catherine Deneuve in another life:

-- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) [her wardrobe was so colorful, too]
-- Belle de Jour (1967)
-- My Fair Lady (1964) [Audrey Hepburn delivered Cockney and RP with aplomb]
-- Peter Sellers schools us all in Dr. Strangelove (1964) [YouTube clip]

Good accents:
- Minnie Driver
- Hugh Laurie
- Kelly Macdonald
- Craig Ferguson imitating Sean Connery

Accents I hate:
- Just about any American trying to pull English, Welsh, Scottish, or Irish accents. (They don't even try after starting out badly.)
- Non-southern people trying to do Southern (American) accents. They're never as hickish as in the movies.
- Anything by Keanu Reeves, Kevin Costner, Nicholas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Greg Kinnear, Robert Downey, Jr.

The funniest accent I ever heard in person was from a friend of a friend. He was raised in Turkey but living in the USA, and he did an impression of The Crocodile Hunter: "Crikey! Ain't she a beauty!"

It was so funny to hear someone with a Turkish accent try to impersonate an Australian accent.


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