- ImpersoNations: national cinema, historical imaginaries and New Cinema Europe
- Mise au Point
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
The linguistic diversity of Europe is an important part of its cultural wealth. What are the advantages or disadvantages of this wide spectrum of languages? When films are shown in different countries they are often dubbed. Yet, good acting requires a symbiosis between the body and gestures, the voice and intonation. As a result, movie enthusiasts want films produced in their language. Like sound, which becomes more and more important when we watch a film, the language, the accent, the pitch and the tone of the voice make up the whole image and they prove to be indispensable to understanding the movie. This article will examine from a larger historical and conceptual context the complicated relationship between an "unbridgeable frontier" and an "essential element." This text will also question how to develop a new analysis of the cultural wealth of the recent European films by putting forward the notion of a post-national cinema.
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