Re: Film synopsis

Robert Bratton (
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 > > E-mail: