August 21st, 2010

the earth is round but everything on it is flat

This video — a clip from the musical Gigi— is part of Slate magazine’s fun little round-up of the ways Hollywood represents foreign characters/locations on screen.

We tend to take language for granted; how foreign speech is handled in film shapes our experience as viewers, usually without our knowing it. The accompanying slide show explores the various ways that filmmakers negotiate foreign speech, highlighting those films that approach the problem as an opportunity to deepen the story.

See more examples at Slate.


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