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The Patriot《爱国者》(精讲之一)(组图)

  影片对白
SPEAKER: Our first order of business...

  SIMMS: And our last if we vote a levy...

  SPEAKER: Order! Order! Mr. Simms, you do not have the floor.Ourfirst order of business will be an address by Colonel HarryBurwellof the Continental Army. Colonel Harry Burwell.

  BURWELL: You all know why I am here. I am not an orator and Iwillnot try to convince you of the worthiness of our cause. I amasoldier and we are at war. From Philadelphia we expectthedeclaration of independence. Eight of the thirteen colonieshavelevied money in support of a Continental Army. I ask SouthCarolinato be the ninth.

  SIMMS: Massachusetts and Virginia may be at war, butSouthCarolina is not.

  CROWD: Here!

  BURWELL: It is not a war for the independence of one ortwocolonies but for the independence of one nation.

  WITHINGTON: And now yes, what nation is that?

  HOWARD: An American nation.

  WITHINGTON: There is no such a nation, and if you speak ofone,that is treason.

  HOWARD: We are citizens of the American nation and our centersarebeing threatened by a tyrant three thousand miles away.

  MARTIN: Would you tell me, please, Mr. Howard, why should Itradeone tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousandtyrants onemile away? An elected legislature can trample a manscenters aseasily as a King can.

  BURWELL: Captain Martin, I understood you to be a Patriot.

  MARTIN: If you mean by Patriot, am I angry about thetaxationwithout representation? Yes Im. Should the Americancoloniesgovern themselves independently? I believe they can andtheyshould. But if youre asking me am I willing to go to warwithEngland, then the answer is most definitely no.

  MIDDLETON: This from the same Captain Benjamin Martin whosefurywas so famous during the Wilderness Campaign?

  MARTIN: I was intemperate in my youth.

  MIDDLETON: Temperance can be a convenient disguise for fear.

  BURWELL: Mr. Middleton, I fought with Captain MartinunderWashington in the French and Indian War. Theres not a man inthisroom, or anywhere, for that matter, to whom I would morewillinglytrust my life.

  CROWD: Here!

  MARTIN: There are alternatives to war. We take a case beforetheking. We plea with him.

  BURWELL: Yes we tried that.

  MARTIN: Oh then we try again and then again if necessary toavoida war.

  BURWELL: Benjamin, I was at Bunker Hill. The Britishadvancedthree times and we killed over seven hundred of them atpoint blankrange and still they took the ground. That is themeasure of theirresolve. If your principles dictate independence,then war is theonly way. It has come to that.

  CROWD: Here!

  MARTIN: I have seven children. My wife is dead. And whos tocarefor them if I go to war?

  BURWELL: Wars are not fought only by childless men.

  MARTIN: Granted. But mark my words: this war will be fought notonthe frontier or on some distant battlefield. But amongst us,amongour homes. Our children will learn it with their own eyes.And theinnocent will die with the rest of us. I will not fight.Because Iwill not fight, I will not cast a vote that will sendothers tofight in my stead.

  BURWELL: And your principles?

  MARTIN: Im a parent. I dont have the luxury of principles.

  妙语佳句,活学活用

  1. have the floor

  这个片语的意思可不是有地板,而是“有发言权”,做动词用,例如:Mr. Nixon has thefloor.尼克松先生发言。
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  影片对白 Would you tell me, please, Mr. Howard, why should I tradeonetyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants onemileaway? An elected legislature can trample a mans centers aseasilyas a King can.

  我观之我见 Before they were soldiers, they werefamily.Before they were legends, they were heroes. Before there wasanation, there was a fight for freedom.

  考考你 现学现卖

  2. Mark my words

  Mark 在这里的意思是“留心,注意”,比如:You should mark the change that hastakenplace. Mark my words 这里表示“留心听着,记住我的话”,例如:Mark my words,youllregret this later on.

  3. Cast a vote

  Cast a vote 表示“投票”,例如:I cast a vote of proposal. 同样的意思还可以用castones vote 来表达。
4. In ones stead

  “替代、接替(职位、身份、作用)等”的意思,例如:While the chief is away, anotherdirectorwill act in his stead.

  文化面面观

  The Patriot:电影背后的故事

  故事发生在18世纪70年代的美国独立战争前夕,当1763年漫长的英国对法国和印第安人的殖民扩张战争终于结束,曾经是战斗中的英雄本杰明·马丁(梅尔·吉布森饰)也回到了他的南卡罗莱纳州的农场,战争的残暴使他厌恶,他希望从此和妻子孩子过上平静的生活。然而,在战争之后,英国统治者……

  本片是梅尔·吉布森主演的又一部具有史诗背景的影片,创作人员阵容强大,剧本由《拯救大兵瑞恩》的编剧罗拨特·路戴执笔,导演则是《独立日》《酷斯拉》的罗兰德·伊马利奇。

  影片在南北战争中的一些真实历史事件的基础上进行了艺术加工,其中男主人公本杰明·马丁以及他的儿子等人物都在历史上确有其人。梅尔·吉布森在片中饰演男主角本杰明·马丁,一个美国独立战争期间的英雄,早期曾经为殖民扩张而战,后来对战争产生了厌恶,直到轰轰烈烈的美国南北战争的战火烧到了家门口,才逼他又投身到了美国人民追求自由和民主的斗争中。梅尔·吉布森自己透露,他父亲早年也是个反战份子,因打过仗深知战争的惨烈,所以为了避免梅尔·吉布森卷入越战,才举家迁往澳大利亚,因此在诠释这一角色时自然有切身的体会。

  这部影片在真实再现历史方面下了大功夫,为求写实并呈现最原始的场景,制作小组还特地与史密斯松尼机构合作,史密斯松尼机构相当于我们常说的历史博物馆,专门研究和保存美国的历史文化,而导演也将拍摄场地移至当时发生独立战争的地点南卡罗莱纳州,并依照十八世纪的建筑样式在当地重建一座城镇,甚至还研究南卡罗莱纳州所种的树木,可见导演的用心程度。

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  影片对白 Would you tell me, please, Mr. Howard, why should I tradeonetyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants onemileaway? An elected legislature can trample a mans centers aseasilyas a King can.

  文化面面观 The Patriot:电影背后的故事

  我观之我见
  Before they were soldiers, they were family. Before theywerelegends, they were heroes. Before there was a nation, there wasafight for freedom.这是 The Patriot这部电影的tagline。ThePatriot是一个美国式的“逼上梁山”的故事,梅尔·吉布森在影片中不太情愿地成为了一位为自由而战斗的父亲。节选的这个片断发生在南卡莱罗纳参战前夕,人们召集会议讨论要不要参战。参加会议的代表们各怀心思,独立派和保皇派唇枪舌剑,即使是独立派内部也存在分歧,一些人希望和国王谈判来取得独立,另一些人则认为只有通过战争才能获得独立。从中我们可以窥见美国民主的渊源。

  考考你

  用今日所学将下面的句子译成英语。

  1.留心听着,这次我该告诉你妈妈了。2.国王的侄子代表国王来到。

  The devil wears Prada《时尚女魔头》(精讲之六)考考你参考答案

  1. 这不是他们自己的主意,有人鼓动他们这么做。They didnt think of it on theirown;someone put them up to it.2. 老板说了算。Its up to the boss to calltheshots.

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