The best monologue in the history of film

I’m working on a post with The Devil Wears Prada playing in the background. I don’t need to see it because I know what’s going on from having seen it so many times. Here’s my favorite scene, the best scene in the history of the world, and what I want to say to people whenever they try to tell me that fashion isn’t important:

“This stuff’? Oh, ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic “casual corner” where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.” -Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada

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4 Responses to The best monologue in the history of film

  1. so perhaps Meryl Streep could have been saying that about the ugly Skechers sneakers, just as well as the ugly cerulean blue sweater. I’m just sayin’.

    • MM says:

      That doesn’t make them cute, though! It just means they’re taking trends, smashing them together, and producing something ugly and cheap from them. Maybe the Skechers people like Elie Saab? Bright colors and lotsss of glitter

      • Of course, but now that got me thinking about my favorite film monologue….it’s gotta be from The Dead, James Joyce, though now I can’t remember if Anjelica Huston spoke the last paragraph, or whether it was narration….clearly need to rent it again. In any case, The Dead is my favorite short story, and I think one of the best short stories ever written. But then there is always Fawlty Towers, if we’re going from the sublime to the ridiculous…..most of the rants in there rank pretty high on my list of greats. I do like reading your blog, MM. Keep writing!

  2. barbielaw06 says:

    Reblogged this on lifeoutsideoflaw and commented:
    I’m not sure I agree this is the best monologue, but it always comes to mind when people discount designer work in favor of sweaters in bins. Love you, Meryl

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