Ever go see a movie in another country?

Old Mar 3rd, 2005, 10:40 PM
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Judging from the English-language movies I see on TV here with French subtitles, the subtitles are often not a very accurate rendition of the original. Humor, especially, is hard to translate, and sometimes the people who write the subtitles don't even try at all.
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Old Mar 20th, 2005, 09:47 PM
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My husband and I thought it would be fun to go see Star Wars: Episode III while in London, as the movie's release date coincides with our upcoming trip. Does anyone have any recommendations for an interesting movie theater in London (something more atmospheric as opposed to an American multiplex-feel)?
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 02:31 AM
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All the time! The two movies we most enjoyed seeing in Paris were Blade Runner (in 1982) and Pulp Fiction (1994). I was a student in Paris in the early 1980s, so ended up seeing Diva there at a little theatre near the Sorbonne where it had been playing for a year.
In Brussels, the most interesting movie we saw there was Princess Mononoke. Of course, in Brussels you get the bonus of French AND Dutch subtitles for English language movies.
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 03:22 AM
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i ran out to see begnini's pinocchio in florence when it first came out, thinking how lucky i was to be one of the first to see it, and in the original language.
it had to be one of the worst movies i'd ever seen!!!
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 04:16 AM
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In Uruguay we saw TITANIC with Spanish subtitles. I thought it was quite distracting.

In Ireland we saw A BEAUTIFUL MIND. Loved the movie, but the experience was less than ideal. Cell phones going off. Teenagers passing the phone between them, actually talking on it. Never experienced that in our small town movie theater!
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 04:23 AM
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Sadly, it seems a lot of people in the UK seem to think they're in their own living rooms when they go to the cinema, to judge by the way they talk and eat and so on. There may be enthusiasts' theatres with the ice-cream lady at the interval and the giant organ rising from the floor (I think the Odeon Leicester Square may still have one, but I don't know how often it's used).

In other countries I notice some differences - in the Netherlands, there's an interval in the main film sometimes, when everyone goes out into the foyers for a coffee or an ice-cream (and for a really interesting theatre there, try the Tuschinski in Amsterdam).
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 08:07 AM
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I saw Amadeus in Helsinki and I could not get over how amazing the seats were and the sound system....the beginning with the music was amazing to me at the time beause it sounded so rich. The seats were like comfy car seats. I always think of Helsinki when I see the movie.

My friend saw a classmate of ours who was in a few movies when we were in school...got to his head a bit and when in Italy the movie was dubbed on Italian TV...he had the campest accent, total revenge . SO much for Mr Macho.
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 08:23 AM
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In Switzerland you get assigned seating. If the theatre is not full we will go and sit by ourselves in the non assigned seats while the Swiss sit all together in the middle. OV (original language) versions are shown in say English with German and French subtitles. There is a break halfway through according to the time, it might be halfway through a sentance but they will restart the movie slightly before the break.

The Club seats in Melbourne Crown Casino are great Clifton!

The most talking I have heard during a movie was while I was seeing a movie in another country to me, in LA.
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 08:28 AM
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Many times. I think it's very nice to have an intermission during a film, so the smokers can go outside and smoke and everyone has an opportunity to use the rest rooms.

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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 08:29 AM
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"The most talking I have heard during a movie was while I was seeing a movie in another country to me, in LA."

Wow. That is so surprising. We stay for some fairly long periods of time in LA, and I love going to the movies there. Part of the reason is how seriously everyone seems to treat it. I never hear talking, and it's the only place where usually no one gets up and leaves until AFTER the credits. I always figure it's probably because everyone knows someone listed there.

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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 09:13 AM
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Donetsk, Ukraine saw Ladder 49 dubbed in Russian. John Travolta is great in any lanuage. Dec 2003.
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 11:04 AM
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On the whole I prefer not to see English language films while I tour on the European continent. If the film is any good I will have seen it, or we be able to see it, here in London. But because I like to go to bed in one country and awake in another I do look out for what to do on my last evening in a foreign city. My first choice is classical music, or ballet, but failing that, or in the old days when I worked in foreign capital cities, I liked to go to classic British films. Cinemas in Central Europe almost always show these in English, with subtitles in a national language, and it is strange and pleasing to sit amongst others enjoying a film while they do so. Sometimes even non-classic films: I had missed the second Harry Potter film, so was glad to see it, with many children around me, in a big cinema in Novi Sad, in Serbia. We left chatty and cheerful. But I do ask tourist offices whether their city has a cinema-museum with shows of Anglophone classics. So I saw Ben Hur in Belgrade, and the Alec Guinness film the Ladykillers in Budapest. Budapest has a good museum-cinema, and as the film ended this perfectly normal showing a busy house of mostly young Hungarians burst into applause. I was proud to be British, and impressed by the quick uptake of the others in the audience. And there is a snag: I have to delay my laughter at jokes until fellow-viewers have read the joke, as I feel boastful if I laugh on time.

When I worked in Bangladesh in the seventies the French Institute had weekly showings of films in French with subtitles in English. They took as their resource the whole history of French cinema (which is no small matter) and my friends and I had a good time. They carry on in Karachi, but the British ceased twenty years ago, as south Asian audiences took to hiring videos. I see that as not at all the same kettle of fish: in a crowded cinema people of two cultures or more come together to enjoy and applaud good work, as a social occasion. The Soviets did much the same forty years ago in Karachi, and drew good crowds to films of great opera though I am afraid the Battleship Potemkin went down poorly in Dhakka in the seventies. You never can tell. Some cinema owner in up-country Bangladesh found an old copy of a heroic English adventure tale, set in the lands beyond Peshawar, about 1944, where Kenneth Moore accompanied a threatened Indian prince through tricky territory on a decrepit single-gauge railway. The threat comes from armed Indian nationalists, and the stiff upper lip wins through. The audience of ordinary countryside Bengalis though it was lovely, and rooted for our well-bred hero in the face of the uppity natives. I resisted the temptation to give them a speech afterwards to say they had cheered the wrong party. After all, they simply cheered the heroes, as anybody might.

I insist on English language, not dubbed. Forty years ago in Berlin I tried seeing the Laurence Olivier Richard III, dubbed, but the jokes did not survive translation.

In 2003 I included in a holiday four days at a film festival in a spa in Slovakia. Several films were showing at any one moment, and often they were shown with subtitles in English (it costs a lot to subtitle new films in Slovakian), so I could fit in three films a day, with about a discussion a day with film-makers. The sunshine, food, and cheap living were Slovakian, but culturally the days were international. There was a horror film from West Bengal, and two Swiss documentaries and a discussion on Swiss film funding that left me envious: why can not the British fund good film like that ? Bad feet have slowed me down a great deal, and I did not leave Britain in 2004, but my plans this year include a week in May to June at the leading Romanian festival, in Cluj-Napoca, where I shall stay with an old friend and see a nurse twice a week. Then I can pop over to Serbia for day excursions on a museum train to see two monasteries, and on an old narrow-gauge train, now refurbished, that climbs on figure of eight track to the frontier of Bosnia. The publishers Bradt have put out the first ever guide book to Serbia, and it is very good.

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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 12:49 PM
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Patrick, I was really surprised too. We were only in LA for five days but we decided that we had to go to the movies while we were there because it is LA! We also picked a Hollywood type movie. So maybe because we went to see Americas Sweethearts there was talking because the film was so dire? Seriously the theatre was about 1/3 full and I swear half of those people were having a bit of a natter at some stage during the procedings. As well EVERYONE was eating or drinking something that made a noise. It was at some multiplex just a street or two off Hollywood Boulevard. I haven't been to the movies anywhere else in the US so this remains my only experience.
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Old Mar 21st, 2005, 12:56 PM
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In my research for the future trip to Switzerland I found a movie festival at the main train station in Zurich: movies in native languages subtitled in German. If something in English or Russian I may go!
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Old Mar 27th, 2005, 07:37 PM
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I saw Death Wish in Paris a zillion years ago. The title there was A Man who Does Justice in the City. Saw Fargo in Paris too. It's great to see foreign subtitles and feel a foreign audience reaction to an American movie.
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Old Mar 27th, 2005, 07:49 PM
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Two completely different memories about seeing movies in other countries ...

About 25 years ago (could it be?), my ex husband - Israeli - and I - American - went to see one of the James Bond movies in Tel Aviv. The two of us may have been the ONLY two in the theatre who understood the English as the rest of the audience was either busily figuring out the plot in (loud) Hebrew, cracking sunflower seeds and dropping them on the floor and rolling empty soda bottles on the floor. No wonder I can't even remember the name of the actual movie !!

On a totally opposite note, last September,my daughter and I saw "Motorcycle Diaries" in a theatre in the Mayfair section of London. Not only were the seats reserved but they were wonderfully upholstered and rocked back and forth. It was a struggle to watch the movie (as good as it was) versus taking a well-needed nap.
Old Mar 27th, 2005, 08:11 PM
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Back in 1973, on the very first night of my very first trip to Paris, I got to see "Last Tango in Paris", then just released, at theatre on the Champs Elisées. What a treat!
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