classic film on the big screen subtitled...

Fergus MacDermot macdermotfergus
Mon Apr 12 07:04:09 EDT 2004

>This is an excellent example calling out for what I have called  "abusive 
>subtitling" (see  
> article.jhtml). 
>One can easily imagine subtitles placed in different  parts of the screen, 
>as off-centered as the original camerawork. In  other words, the placement 
>of the subtitles would be determined by the  logic of the composition, not 
>by the unchanging dimensions of the  frame.

Wouldn't this detract from the film since the watcher would then spend time 
looking for the subtitles? Imagine going to a website and the menus change 
on every page. Very distracting.


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