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M(1931): Movie with the most multi-lingual flavours

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Feature Films around the world are the synonyms for entertainment. They are emotive, engaging enthralling, and elusive all at once. Their widespread appeal has cinemagoers hooked on to the 70 mm screens across continents. In order to spread the desired message while retaining its ethnic appeal, and enjoying cultural acceptance, few movies need to be translated for the audience hailing from different linguistic backgrounds.

It’s like savouring a Lindt bar, the market leader in premium-quality chocolates across four continents, has its message displayed in 30 languages, depending on the region of distribution. Similarly, with the feature films while retaining the movies elementary flavours along with its content, originally recorded speech of the actors can be superimposed by the sound-bites re-recorded in the targeted language, termed as dubbing. The second methodology involves, adding subtitles in sync with the flow of speech in the movie at the lower end of the frame.

Think of a British traveler, who wants to meander along the by-lanes of Mumbai, soaking its history while interacting and lodging with the locals. It depends on his personal preference; whether he chooses translation services in Mumbai, or buys a book of Marathi-English translations.

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The debate whether dubbing is better than subtitling, is everlasting and non-conclusive as it is a direct derivative of personal and cultural preferences. People who enjoy original content and flavours of the film, absorb its essence with subtitles, helping the producers in increased viewership and improved consumption in a cost effective manner. Dubbing has a different audience, who want to avoid the pains of reading and viewing simultaneously.

In theatres, the honour of being the most subtitled movie falls on the lap of Fritz Lang’s early talkie crime melodrama set in 1931 Berlin, M. The name itself screeches, thrilling mystery, while the cast and crew justify the nomenclature to the T. The plot revolves around the efforts of police trying to catch an elusive child murderer (Peter Lorre), while other criminals also join in the manhunt. The movie begins with a group of children playing an elimination game in the courtyard of an apartment building using a chant about a murderer of children. The chant itself, is like a hook step in modern dancing, instantly captivates the audience. Once the murderer is combed, he is marked with the letter “M” on his back. He is hunted and produced in a kangaroo court by the Berlin criminal community. His pleads for mercy, as a victim of his own homicidal instincts fall in deaf ears leaving him imprisoned with the underworld. German police scoop him out of their tentacles, helping him to face trail in more fair and respectable circumstances. Some of the prints of the film end with a cautionary note to parents to watch their children hawkishly.

Now considered a classic, Lang reckoned it as his finest work. Whether you are a traveller looking for translation services in Mumbai, or a movie buff with a quench for ethnic audio-visual entertainment, watching M should be on the top of your bucket list.

By: Ms. Priyanka

 

 

Italian: A musical gift to the world of the languages

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Italian is one of the most popular languages of Europe. It is one of the Romance languages. Apart from Italy it is also the official language of Switzerland, Vatican City, and Western Istria. It is also one of the official languages of the European Union. Italian is also spoken in countries like France, Australia, Brazil, etc. The total number of Italian speakers all over the world are around 85 million.

  History and origin: Like many other languages Italian is also derived from Latin. It was first used in a legal document regarding a dispute over land ownership between southern Italian monasteries. These documents are known as the Placiti Cassinesi. Dante Alighieri, a well known poet wrote one of his most famous works The Divine Comedy (La Divina Commedia) in Tuscan dialect which forms the basis of the modern day Italian. Hence, Dante is rightly known as the “father of the Italian language”. Francesco Petrarcha, another well known poet, played an important role in the Tuscan dialect becoming the national language of Italy. In 1861 Italy became a unified nation and adopted the Tuscan Italian as its national language.

   Why is Italian known as a musical language?  Italian is a language that has a powerful influence on the musical world. Musical notation gained an important place in the world since the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Most of the musicians and composers of this period were Italian and hence Italian became a standard language for the musicians around the world. Some of the most popular musical terms like crescendo, forte, soprano, alto and a tempo are all Italian terms. Besides, one of the most popular genres of music: The Opera is a gift of the Italian language. Most of the masterpieces of Mozart, a famous music composer are in Italian.

Furthermore, the presence of the double consonants in the language makes it more rhythmic and musical. The knowledge of Italian also helps you to enjoy and understand the classical music better. Also, many of the musicians consider the knowledge of Italian language as a key professional skill.  Italian hence is known as a musical language.

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 Did you know that Italian consists of only 21 alphabets? The alphabets j, k, w, x and y do not exist in the language. The words containing either of these letters are borrowed from some other languages.

Spanish, French and Portuguese are some of the languages that are similar to Italian. The lexical similarity between Italian and French is almost 89%. Also the French grammar and the Italian grammar are almost the same. Along with French, Spanish also has some similarities with Italian.

The Italian culture is one of the most popular cultures in today’s world. Besides Italy is also one of the top 10 economies in the world. Italian is also one of the commonly used languages in Europe. Italian is considered as a key language in the fields of art history, literature, archaeology and philosophy.   Hence, learning Italian would be of great advantage to all the language lovers.

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Written by: Ms. Rucha