classic film on the big screen subtitled...

Tom Mes china_crisis at
Fri Apr 9 09:21:26 EDT 2004

>they should better be watched without subtitles, because subtitles very 
>spoil the beautifully de-centered compositions of the pictures.

I'd really like to second Roland's suggestion of watching films without 
subtitles. It is an extremely educational and useful experience to watch 
films in a foreign language without the aid of subtitles. Not that I'm 
saying we should forget about subtitling, not at all, but cinema is at heart 
a visual (though today audiovisual) art form. Any filmmaker who has talent 
and knows what he's doing will try to communicate as much as he can visually 
rather than by means of dialogue.

Not having subtitles really forces you as a viewer to pay attention to the 
cinematic aspects of cinema, which subtitles can distract you from, and that 
is a very educational experience indeed. In the early days of the French 
Cinematheque, Henri Langlois intentionally showed his audiences foreign 
films without subtitles or he would even turn off the sound altogether, in 
order to teach them the language of cinema rather than the language coming 
out of the actors' mouths.

I'm all for good subtitled releases, but I really believe you shouldn't pass 
up the chance to see a good director's work just because it doesn't have 

Tom Mes

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