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Recontextualising nouvelle vague cinema in Québec: Leonard Cohen, subtitler of Claude Jutra’s À tout prendre

Diaz-Cintas, Jorge; Mus, Francis; (2024) Recontextualising nouvelle vague cinema in Québec: Leonard Cohen, subtitler of Claude Jutra’s À tout prendre. Babel: international journal of translation , 70 (1/2) pp. 277-303. 10.1075/babel.00376.dia. Green open access

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Abstract

In this contribution, we examine the relationship between text and context in multimodal translation practices by focusing on the Québécois film À tout prendre (1963; directed by Claude Jutra) and its English version, Take It All (translated by Leonard Cohen). The first two sections provide contextual information, while Section 3 is dedicated to a comparative analysis, in which a more central role is given to the film itself and to the archival documents (such as draft versions of the French script and the English translation). On the whole, Take It All results from a complex interplay of factors: the overuse of reduction (condensation and deletion) despite the absence of spatial or temporal limitations; Cohen’s limited translation experience, combined with his influential profile as an artist; and the assumed intended target audience. The subtitles serve as an ancillary device, offering a minimalist representation of the original dialogue. Regarding the linguistic transfer itself, no misunderstandings have been encountered, although the translation can be said to diverge substantially from the original in numerous respects. Consequently, the English version exhibits a less intricate network of interrelationships and it can be argued that the subtitles have not significantly contributed to the film’s internationalization journey.

Type: Article
Title: Recontextualising nouvelle vague cinema in Québec: Leonard Cohen, subtitler of Claude Jutra’s À tout prendre
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1075/babel.00376.dia
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1075/babel.00376.dia
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: multimodality, audiovisual translation, subtitling, Leonard Cohen, Claude Jutra
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS > Translation Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10178687
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