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The Eastern European version of dubbing freaks me out - one impassive male voice, reading translations of all of the actors' parts while the original track runs in the background. It has something oddly disconcerting to it. Or is it just me?

Perhaps it's just that my introduction to the phenomenon was so startling. Once, long ago, I mistakenly began to watch a film that I assumed was Hamlet. As it turned out, it was a porn spoof of Hamlet, in Italian, with an utterly impassive Polish guy flatly translating all the traditional porn dialogue. (Ophelia's breasts were like well-stuffed sausages and reached down to her navel - it looked incredibly painful, actually. Poor girl. And everyone in Elsinore had loads of sex except for Hamlet, who mostly restricted himself to wandering about speechifying and failing to notice all the people having sex. He and Horatio did not get it on, sad to say, although they did tag team several scullery maids.)

I am so, so sorry that I did not keep this movie. The voice-over turned it into a surrealist work of art.

But in the case of all movies that are *not* porn versions of some Shakespeare play or other - what on earth is wrong with subtitles? Far less freaky, and even faster and cheaper!

(This entry brought to you by an unexpected Russian voice-over.)
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Funeral web portal bestattungen.de has compiled the "Top 10" of songs played at funerals in 2011. Pretty much every choice except Schubert and Sinatra makes me wonder what these people were smoking. I feel so conservative, which is a very unusual feeling for me. ;-)

That Unheilig ("Unholy") with their vampire impersonator lead singer Der Graf (The Count) come in second place is somewhat weird in my eyes, given that they do it with the song "Geboren um zu leben" ("Born to Live"). Sure, the song is about how precious life is - but "Born to Live" at a funeral? Is it me or is that missing the subject?

But what really gets me is No. 10. )

Uhm. What are the people who pick out this song trying to say about the deceased? Not that there aren't people for whom this would be a fitting funeral song, but actually pointing that out seems rather more confrontational than you'd expect. Or do they just think it's funny?

Among the titles that didn't make it into the Top 10 are songs like Monty Python's "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" and, bizarrely, "Die Biene Maja" (the title song to the popular children's cartoon "The Bee Maja").

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