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    Reader comments on The Dancer Upstairs

    Subject: Re: The Dancer Upstairs
    Date: Jan 2, 2004
    Sender: MarkPrevious | Next

    It comes as no surprise that something as simple as language is used to denegrate the strength of this film, that and the need for comprehensive explanations behind politics.... Hello, who can explain politics in any language let alone English or Spanish? Some will always look upon the surface and miss the depth below. All I can say is Viva el Malkovich!

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    Response to this comment:
    The Dancer Upstairs

    I so wanted to like this film. Yet there were so many problems including me not being able to understand a lot of the dialogue, and I speak Spanish and am familiar with Spanish speakers' pronunciation and usage of English. Some of the lines were spoken in some strange variety of English that wasn't really English.

    Why was Latin America mentioned as the locale, not Peru when Quechua is identified. Let's see, that leaves us with Peru, Bolivia or Ecuador to pick as possible settings. Then the city of Ayacucho is mentioned, definitely Peru.

    Of course the film should have been made in Spanish, even though Malkovich doens't speak the language, people take crash courses and work through interpreters.

    As for politics, we had no idea why the guerrillas or revolutionaries or terrorists were bombing and hanging dead dogs.
    Despite all the criticisms, I rewound the video and watched it again, liking it, with my Latin American husband next to me, also wondering why this film of such potential wasn't in Spanish.






    Comment index:

  • [no subject]   from audrey, Oct 30, 2003
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Terry, Nov 17, 2003
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from shank, Jul 18, 2005
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Toby, Dec 6, 2003
  • » Re: The Dancer Upstairs «   from Mark, Jan 2, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Jennifer, Feb 15, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Aleksey, Jan 5, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from AX, Mar 21, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Jerrie Ann Yeager, Jan 1, 2005
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Atim, May 30, 2004
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from John Miles, Jul 7, 2004
  • flaws vs. strengths of movie   from Vil Blekaitis, Jul 9, 2004
  • About the language   from Iigo, Nov 25, 2004
  • [no subject]   from audrey, Oct 30, 2003
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Terry, Nov 17, 2003
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from shank, Jul 18, 2005
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Toby, Dec 6, 2003
  • » Re: The Dancer Upstairs «   from Mark, Jan 2, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Jennifer, Feb 15, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Aleksey, Jan 5, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from AX, Mar 21, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Jerrie Ann Yeager, Jan 1, 2005
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Atim, May 30, 2004
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from John Miles, Jul 7, 2004
  • flaws vs. strengths of movie   from Vil Blekaitis, Jul 9, 2004
  • About the language   from Iigo, Nov 25, 2004