El Cine

by Laura Ellis on Monday, July 19, 2010

So a crucial part of Spanish culture that one must undoubtedly note is that of cinema. Not a day goes by without me spying a new movie, whether it be American or Spanish that I am aching to see, and upon finding the nearest cinema on a wander last week, I was determined to experience my first unsubtitled Spanish film this past weekend; a somewhat scary prospect for the definitely non-fluent!

So after much debate over times and what to see, my flatmates and I settled on Shrek 4 as an easy option. Or so we thought. After getting over the oddness of the 3D glasses, and the overly tempting smell of popcorn, we found our seats and prepared ourselves, intent on understanding every word, because you know, a children’s film should be easy..

Well, to be honest, it wasn’t too bad. The jokes, as ever, were easy to comprehend, despite the language barriers... For me, the oddest thing was not hearing the English voices, as well as of course the 3d imagery, that made me jump frequently! But definitely an excellent first experience to have had.

On Sunday night we decided to have a go with a more traditional film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona which, although being subtitled rather than spoken Spanish, is set in Barcelona and featured stars such as Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Although the frequent interludes of Spanish were somewhat taxing, it was a good film and allowed me an insight in the city of Barcelona, as well as a proper experience of Spanish actors..

So do I recommend a trip to the movies, of course! But just be warned, it´s not as easy as it looks ..


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