Vocabulary of V

I study the dialogues of movies more than the movie itself. The kinetics of the dialogue delivery — accent, pace and pronunciation, feeling of words provide a fertile land to think and explore. I love words. The symphony of words is a pure intellectual bliss.

Electrifying  writers Wackowsky brothers have penned some amazing screen plays throughout their careers. Their writings are fearless and bold which I absolutely adore. In the movie “V for Vendetta”, there’s an introductory speech by V which is unique in the sense the long monologue is written with words that start with the letter ‘v’. Hugo Weaving who played the character V has shown an amazing performance and demeanor.

Evey: Who are you?
V. : Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey: Well I can see that.
V. : Of course you can, I’m not questioning your powers of observation, I’m merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey: Oh, right.
V. : But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace soubriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona. Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the “vox populi” now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.
Evey: Are you like a crazy person?
V. : I’m quite sure they will say so.

I really enjoy this kinetic typography of V monologue.


The movie’s signature poem is as legendary as the movie itself.

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I know of no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…


About Deepak Devanand

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