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gloria monti <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 13 Dec 1996 10:36:32 -0500
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 So Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren, who went to
>Hollywood, became superstars, and Lucia Bose and Eleonora Rossi Drago
>disappeared from the American scene.  Later I read that Rossi Drago never
>dubbed her own films because her voice was considered unacceptable by
>Italian distribs.
        As an Italian national whose aural pleasure was sistematically
destroyed by dubbing of foreign films before I came to this country, I feel
an emotional bond to this topic. :-)
        Indeed, Italian actors whose voices were not considered
"acceptable" were also dubbed in Italian productions.  This becomes even
more complicated then.  Dubbing is not just merely a function of
translations between two different languages, but between versions
(renditions?) of a single language.
        As somebody mentioned in an earlier posting, people in Europe don't
seem terribly concerned about this issue (a generalization, I am aware of
that).  The people I spoke to in Italy were more concerned with having to
read the subtitles--and thus "missing out" on the dialogue than with having
a voice outside the actor's body speak for him/her.
gloria monti
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