Although I like watching films in their original language, there are instances when dubbing is okay. Cinema is about sound and vision; it is not a medium that encourages reading and subtitles can be a distraction from the onscreen action.
In the silent era producers reduced rambling monologues to succinct
dialogue intertitles – the film was international because all that was needed was to was change the intertitles to a different language. And with sound film-
be understood in every market. You maybe moan the lack of subtlety in
delivery and nuance but really that’s more down to the dubbing quality
than your ability to detect cultural nuances in another language.
Then there’s the prospect of encouraging the next generation of
cinephiles. Do you really expect a child to sit through Ponyo on the Cliff
by the Sea reading the subtitles rather than listening to Frozen because
you want to enjoy the original Japanese soundtrack? The film was
designed to be enjoyed by five-
Dubbing is not always inherently bad – after all, primitive forms of dubbing were used on early sound films when the actors and actresses from other cultures didn’t possess sufficient language skills to make the film work but were perfect for the role in all other respects.In Sergio Leone westerns (the Man With No Name trilogy etc) about half the dialogue was dubbed because the actors spoke different languages. And that finest of animations, Jan Svankmajer’s Alice, surely gains an added layer of surrealism precisely because the lip movements do not match the dialogue.
Whatever worthy gain can be obtained from watching a film subtitled is surely outweighed by introducing a wider and more diverse selection of world cinema to a general audience whose mainstream exposure to cinema is English-
It’s an oft repeated and somewhat inevitable retort when, having suggested a film that someone might like, they reply with one of the two questions that plague the cineaste: “It isn’t in black and white, is it?” or “It’s not subtitled, is it?”
In some ways Hollywood films seem so ubiquitous that anything else is simply labelled “world cinema” and therefore to be avoided. But there is still a need to champion the subtitled film – even as something that is just different to
the slew of rom-
Keeping a film’s soundtrack intact is as important as keeping its image intact – it’s part of the essence of the film. Without the proper dialogue the nuances of the acting, the meaning in the intonation and the natural rhythm of the language are lost.
I wouldn’t expect a pair of Levis and a tee-
Sure, the results are not always perfect but you get closer to the film-
The sadistic part of me loves seeing people squirm in the cinema when they are not expecting subtitles And how many times do you see a trailer for a subtitled film where no-
MICHELLE LE BLANC