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February 5, 2006

Oscar night

Filed under: movies,Spain — ilivetolearn @ 1:02 pm

Well, the Oscar nominations have come out and once again I have only seen four of the nominees…not the blockbusters, but ones the whole family saw: the latest Wallace and Gromit, the latest Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, and March of the Penguins. In an effort to make the March 5th event more meaningful, I am on a campaign for the next month to see as many as possible of the films up for major awards.

This requires some skill in translation, since even in the V. O. (version original) theater listings the titles are not in English. Some are not changed (Brokeback Mountain, Crash, Munich) and some are obvious (Buenas Noches y Buena Suerte) but some require a dictionary. What on earth is En la Cuerda Floja? If you see the print ad, you know it’s the Johnny Cash movie, but instead of Walk the Line (which has an idiomatic meaning hard to convey) they have called it Walk the Tightrope. Not exactly the same, though an appealing mental picture…Johnny and June as circus performers, using guitars to maintain their balance.

All of Spain is disappointed that The Secret Life of Words (La Vida Secreta de las Palabras) by Isabel Coixet, a Catalonian director, didn’t get nominated as best foreign film. That’s on my list to see, too (fortunately, it was made in English).


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