Translation goes to the Movies by Michael Cronin

By Michael Cronin

`Part of the thrill of study during this domain,' wrote Michael Cronin, `is that rather a lot is still performed by way of uncovering the illustration of translation in international cinema.' Cronin crammed his publication with that pleasure. He selected movie as instance and results of translation thought and illustrates vital techniques inside of that context. the cloth is available and of willing curiosity to translation execs or these enthusiastic about questions of tradition and id within the globalization of cinema.

Cronin writes with authority. His prose is crisp and fresh as he wrestles with terribly tough matters. He doesn't decry globalization because the finish of diversity--rather, he turns out to enjoy its percentages for exploring multi-cultural cinema traditions. That experience of actual optimism provides a clean size to an already exciting text.

Casual readers may well locate Cronin's variety pleasing, even though the fabric is very really expert. Linguists and translators will no doubt locate his theories sound and his dialogue of concerns in international cinema worth examining.

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For teenagers in Flanders used to listening to English in a local audio-visual culture largely averse to dubbing, the English language and cinematography were one and the same thing. Giovanni Scognamillo writing about the enthusiasm of Turkish audiences for Hollywood films during and after the Second World War argues that they wanted, ‘action, wealth, spectacle and glamour[ … ]excitement and emotion. They want dreams and they pay to have their dreams’ (Scognamillo 1991: 67). What Hollywood offered to audiences was a realm of fantasy, of makebelieve, of a life that was more glamorous, more exciting than the humdrum reality of the local.

The study of cinema which is, if nothing else, a detailed exploration, of the ‘short-circuits’ and the ‘short cuts’ in film making, an exposure of the artifice of cinematographic transparency and immediacy, has been largely complicit in silencing the operation of that other form of mediation in cinema, translation. In detailing the presence of translation in different Hollywood genres, the following chapters aim to redress the balance and reveal the crucial presence of mediation. We will begin with the place where all borders meet, the frontier.

In detailing the presence of translation in different Hollywood genres, the following chapters aim to redress the balance and reveal the crucial presence of mediation. We will begin with the place where all borders meet, the frontier. Notes 1 Plus contraignantes les médiations, plus hautaine l’immédiateté. Faire apparaître des médiations, côté technique, là où n’en voit pas ou plus, côté culture, sera donc le premier moment de la démarche, parfois déconcertant ou scandaleux. 2 Le médium est autoraturant[ … ]Tout progrès médiatique enfouit le moyen terme et raccourcit le circuit d’accès, et la médiologie fait la petite histoire de ces courtscircuits.

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