Magazine October 2, 2017, Issue

Thoughts from an Ocean Crossing

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On the  National Review Atlantic crossing, the TV played channels from many nations, showing the rich diversity of cinema in other lands. In other words, American action movies dubbed in other tongues. Bruce Willis, in French, sounds like he’s upset about a bad review of his philosophy book; in German, he sounds like he’s gargling bottle caps. In the Japanese-dubbed movies, he sounded like a bull with bad gas. And so on.

The commercials say just as much about a culture as the movies do. Ads always tell some interesting truths en route to telling a lie, and vice versa. You’re

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