Foreign Speech in American Cinema
Friday, September 17, 2010
One of Hollywood’s greatest conundrums is how to represent foreign speech in American films. Film makers have come up with a variety of creative ways to depict foreign languages. Eric Hynes, film critic for Slate.com, says that the way a foreign language is depicted in a film can fundamentally alter the way a story is told and the way the audience perceives both characters and place.