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英语专业晨读美文-文化篇 9 Movies II

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[00:01.45]The Most Historically Inaccurate1 Movies Ⅱ
[00:04.39]Memoirs of a Geisha
[00:07.72]The geisha coming-of-age, was really more of a makeover,
[00:11.81]where she changed her hairstyle and clothes.
[00:14.30]It didn't involve her getting intimate with a client.
[00:17.45]In the climactic scene where Sayuri wows
[00:20.59]Gion patrons with her dancing prowess,
[00:22.90]her routine—which involves some platform shoes,
[00:26.22]fake snow, and a strobe light—
[00:28.76]seems more like a Studio 54 drag show
[00:31.53]than anything in pre-war Kyoto.
[00:33.61]Brave Heart
[00:35.76]Let's forget the fact that kilts weren't born
[00:38.44]in Scotland until about 300 years after William Wallace's day
[00:42.96]and just do some simple math. According to the movie,
[00:46.70]Wallace's blue-eyed charm at the Battle of Falkirk
[00:50.28]was so overpowering, he seduced2 King Edward II's wife,
[00:54.21]Isabella of France, and the result of their affair was Edward III.
[00:59.35]But according to the history books,
[01:01.68]Isabella was three years old at the time of Falkirk,
[01:04.60]and Edward III was born seven years after Wallace died.
[01:08.43]Elizabeth: The Golden Age
[01:11.30]In 1585, when the movie takes place,
[01:15.12]Queen Elizabeth was 52 years old—
[01:17.90]Cate Blanchett was 36 when she shot the film—
[01:21.37]and was not being courted by suitors like Ivan the Terrible
[01:25.08]who was dead by then. And though the movie
[01:28.43]has her rallying the troops at Tilbury astride
[01:31.58]a white steed in full armor with a sword,
[01:33.98]in fact she rode side saddle, carrying a baton3.
[01:37.18]She was more of a regal majorette than Joan of Arc.
[01:41.30]The Patriot4
[01:42.92]Revolutionary War figure Francis Marion “The Swamp Fox”
[01:47.40]was the basis for Mel Gibson's character,
[01:50.39]but he wasn't the forward-thinking family man
[01:53.01]they show in the flick5. He was a slave owner
[01:56.48]who didn't get married (to his cousin) until
[01:59.22]after the war was over. Historians also say
[02:02.29]that he actively6 persecuted7 and murdered native Cherokees.
[02:06.08]Plus, the thrilling Battle of Guilford Court House
[02:09.93]where he vanquishes8 his British enemy?
[02:11.65]In reality, the Americans lost that one.
[02:14.55]2001: A Space Odyssey9
[02:17.64]According to this film, in year 2001
[02:21.81]we would have had manned voyages to Jupiter,
[02:24.38]a battle of wits with a sentient10 computer,
[02:27.14]and a quantum leap in human evolution.
[02:29.59]Instead we got the Mir Space Station falling from the sky,
[02:33.36]Windows XP, and Freddy got fingered.
[02:36.40]Apparently the lesson here is that sometimes
[02:40.26]it's better when the movies get the facts all wrong.

 


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1 inaccurate D9qx7     
adj.错误的,不正确的,不准确的
参考例句:
  • The book is both inaccurate and exaggerated.这本书不但不准确,而且夸大其词。
  • She never knows the right time because her watch is inaccurate.她从来不知道准确的时间因为她的表不准。
2 seduced 559ac8e161447c7597bf961e7b14c15f     
诱奸( seduce的过去式和过去分词 ); 勾引; 诱使堕落; 使入迷
参考例句:
  • The promise of huge profits seduced him into parting with his money. 高额利润的许诺诱使他把钱出了手。
  • His doctrines have seduced many into error. 他的学说把许多人诱入歧途。
3 baton 5Quyw     
n.乐队用指挥杖
参考例句:
  • With the baton the conductor was beating time.乐队指挥用指挥棒打拍子。
  • The conductor waved his baton,and the band started up.指挥挥动指挥棒,乐队开始演奏起来。
4 patriot a3kzu     
n.爱国者,爱国主义者
参考例句:
  • He avowed himself a patriot.他自称自己是爱国者。
  • He is a patriot who has won the admiration of the French already.他是一个已经赢得法国人敬仰的爱国者。
5 flick mgZz1     
n.快速的轻打,轻打声,弹开;v.轻弹,轻轻拂去,忽然摇动
参考例句:
  • He gave a flick of the whip.他轻抽一下鞭子。
  • By a flick of his whip,he drove the fly from the horse's head.他用鞭子轻抽了一下,将马头上的苍蝇驱走。
6 actively lzezni     
adv.积极地,勤奋地
参考例句:
  • During this period all the students were actively participating.在这节课中所有的学生都积极参加。
  • We are actively intervening to settle a quarrel.我们正在积极调解争执。
7 persecuted 2daa49e8c0ac1d04bf9c3650a3d486f3     
(尤指宗教或政治信仰的)迫害(~sb. for sth.)( persecute的过去式和过去分词 ); 烦扰,困扰或骚扰某人
参考例句:
  • Throughout history, people have been persecuted for their religious beliefs. 人们因宗教信仰而受迫害的情况贯穿了整个历史。
  • Members of these sects are ruthlessly persecuted and suppressed. 这些教派的成员遭到了残酷的迫害和镇压。
8 vanquishes 6de0fb0f96b00005572c7ca9227a8adb     
v.征服( vanquish的第三人称单数 );战胜;克服;抑制
参考例句:
9 odyssey t5kzU     
n.长途冒险旅行;一连串的冒险
参考例句:
  • The march to Travnik was the final stretch of a 16-hour odyssey.去特拉夫尼克的这段路是长达16小时艰险旅行的最后一程。
  • His odyssey of passion, friendship,love,and revenge was now finished.他的热情、友谊、爱情和复仇的漫长历程,到此结束了。
10 sentient ahIyc     
adj.有知觉的,知悉的;adv.有感觉能力地
参考例句:
  • The living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage.生还者认识到,他们不过是上帝的舞台上有知觉的木偶而已。
  • It teaches us to love all sentient beings equally.它教导我们应该平等爱护一切众生。
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