Re: Film synopsis

Robert Bratton (rb202@umail.umd.edu)
Wed, 2 Oct 2002 06:35:48 -0700 (PDT)

Hello Becky,

The way I read your message: you are looking for sources of synopses in
Spanish for Spanish language materials, but you do not have anyone
fluent in Spanish working with these materials. Unfortunately I do not
know of any resource that could help you. However, I strongly caution
you not to simply cut-and-paste synopses in a language you are not
fluent in, and thus can not evaluate. I think this is especially
important for children's materials. While the summaries from
FirstSearch *should* be objective, a review on Amazon or IMDB might say,
"Toy Story really sucks big time! Don't watch this horrible movie. It
is the worst thing ever made by the evil Disney corporation. . . ." If
you can't read the language, you have no idea what you're getting.

I don't see anyway around this unless you have someone fluent in Spanish
who can either write the synopses, or search and use existing synopses.

-- 
Robert Bratton
Audiovisual Cataloger
University of Maryland Libraries

(301) 314-5637 (phone) / (301) 314-9971 (fax)

The librarian's motto:

Acquire pertinent information sources, make them easily accessible, and maintain that accessibility. Everything else is extraneous.

"Tatar, Becky" wrote: > > Hello, oh wise ones. I have a great problem. Many films in Spanish that > are dubbed from English, have boxes that are in English, with only the > phrase "en espanol" to tell you that the film is dubbed in Spanish. We are > trying to track down synopses in Spanish for these films. Specifically, we > are looking for Toy Story. I have tried FirstSearch, IMDB, Amazon, . I > tried DisneyLatino, but could not figure out how to get to the list of > films, even though I went into the Video/DVD section. I asked on > Reformanet, but all directions led to synopses or reviews of Toy Story 2. I > think this is going to come up more and more as we add to our Spanish titles > for children. I was really surprised to not see it in Spanish in the > FirstSearch entry. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks! > > Becky Tatar > Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual > Aurora Public Library > 1 E. Benton Street > Aurora, IL 60505 > PHONE: 630-264-4100 > FAX: 630-896-3209 > www.aurora.lib.il.us > E-mail: bltata@aurora.lib.il.us