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2009.7.19 美国人物志——Marx兄弟使美国人笑傲30年代大危机

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There were five Marx Brothers. The most famous were Julius, Leonard and Adolph. They were born in New York City between eighteen eighty-six and eighteen ninety. Their father made clothing. Their mother wanted them to become performers. Julius, Leonard and Adolph started performing when they were children. Along with their two brothers, they performed in stage shows called vaudeville in New York. They sang songs, danced and told jokes.

Marx兄弟有五人。最出名的是Julius, Leonard and Adolph。他们出生于1886年至1890年的纽约市。父亲是做服装的。他们的母亲希望他们成为表演家。从还是孩子的时候起,Julius, Leonard and Adolph就开始演出了。和其他两个兄弟一起,他们在纽约表演被叫做歌舞杂耍的舞台秀。他们唱歌,跳舞,还讲笑话。

Julius, Leonard and Adolph Marx began making funny movies in nineteen twenty-nine. They changed their first names. Julius became Groucho. Leonard became Chico. Adolph became Harpo. Another brother, Herbert, appeared in the first five Marx Brothers movies. He was called Zeppo. He did not play a funny man like the other three. He played a good-looking young man.

Julius, Leonard and Adolph从1929年开始制作有趣的电影。他们改了名字,Julius改为Groucho, Leonard 改为Chico,还有Adolph改为Harpo。另外一个兄弟Herbert在兄弟五人的第一部电影中露面。他叫Zeppo。他不像其余三个兄弟那样扮演有趣的角色,而是扮演英俊的年轻男子。


Groucho Marx looked funny. He had large black eyebrows and a hairy mustache. But they were painted on his face. He spoke very quickly. And he walked in a funny way. He played people with funny names, like Rufus T. Firefly. Otis B. Driftwood. And Doctor Hugo Z. Hackenbush.

Groucho Marx看起来很搞笑。他有着粗黑的眉毛和大胡子,但似乎是画在他的脸上一样的古板。他讲话语速很快,并且走路滑稽。他演的角色都有着有趣的名字,比如 Rufus T. Firefly. Otis B. Driftwood. 和Doctor Hugo Z. Hackenbush。

Groucho was not a very nice person in the movies. He often insulted or made fun of rich or important people. He made fun of doctors, college officials, opera singers, diplomats and government officials. He even insulted his son, played in this example by Zeppo.


ZEPPO: "Dad, let me congratulate you. I'm proud to be your son."


GROUCHO: "My boy, you took the words right out of my mouth. I'm ashamed to be your father. I'd have horsewhipped you if I had a horse. You may go now. Leave your name and address for the girl outside and if anything turns up, we'll get in touch with you. Where are you going?"


ZEPPO: "Well, you just told me to go."


GROUCHO: "So that's what they taught you in college. Just when I tell you to go, you leave me. You know you can't leave a schoolroom without raising your hand, no matter where you're going."


ZEPPO: "Anything further, father?"


GROUCHO: "Anything further, father? That can't be right. Isn't it "anything father, further"? The idea! I married your mother because I wanted children. Imagine my disappointment when you arrived!"

GROUCHO:“还有别的事吗,爸爸?那是不对的。不该是"anything father, further?"这个主意!我和你妈妈结婚是因为我想有个孩子。想一下当你降生时我有多么失望!”


Chico Marx talked as if he was born in Italy. He spoke English that was not correct. Many other funny men spoke as though they came from other countries. They were making fun of themselves and other immigrants who did not speak English well. Chico also made funny jokes about words and expressions that sound alike but have different meanings. For example, in one movie a woman sings with a very high falsetto voice. She says "I have a falsetto voice." Chico then says "Well, my last student had a false set of teeth."

Chico Marx说话的口音似乎他出生于意大利。他说的英语不是很标准。很多其他有趣的人也像是从外国来的那样说话。他们取笑自己,还取笑那些说英语不好的移民。Chico也开些关于词汇表达的玩笑,那些词语音同意异。举个例子,在一场电影里,一个女人用很高的美声唱歌。她说:“我有假声。”Chico说“好的,我上个学生有一副假牙。”

Chico also was known for performing what was called the comedy of the absurd. He talked about things that were so untrue or unreasonable that they were funny. Here is an example. Chico is supposed to spy on someone called Rufus T. Firefly. Chico reports his progress to the man who asked him to spy on Firefly. To "shadow" someone is to secretly follow that person.

Chico也因为出演被叫做荒诞剧的剧目而出名。他讲述相当不真实或非理性的事情,以至于显得可笑。这里有个例子,Chico被指望侦查某个叫做Rufus T. Firefly的人。Chico向要求他侦查Firefly的男子汇报进展。"shadow"某人就是秘密跟踪那个人。

CHICO: "Well, you remember you gave us a picture of this man and said follow him?"


MAN: "Oh, yes."


CHICO: "Well, we get on the job right away. And in one hour, even less than one hour, we lose the fix. That's pretty good work, eh?"


MAN: " I want a full, detailed report of your investigation."


CHICO: "All right. I tell you. Monday we watch Firefly's house. But he no come out. He wasn't home. Tuesday we go to the ball game, but he fool us. He no show up. Wednesday, he go to the ball game, but we fool him. We no show up. Thursday was a double-header, nobody show up. Friday it rained all day. There was no ball game. So we stayed home. We listened to it over the radio".

CHICO:“好的,我来说。周一我们监视了 Firefly的住所。但是他没出来。他不在家。周二我们去了球赛,但是他耍了我们。他就没露面。周三他去了球赛,但是我们耍了他。我们没出现。周四时double-header,我们都没去球赛。周五下了一整天的雨。就没有球赛。所以我们呆在家里,是通过收音机听球赛进展的。”

MAN: "Then you didn't shadow Firefly!"


CHICO: "Oh, sure, we shadow Firefly. We shadow him all day."


MAN: "What day was that?"


CHICO:" It was Shadowday (Saturday)! That's some joke, eh, Boss!"


Chico also played the piano in a funny way. Chico did to music what he did to the English language. He made fun of it.




Harpo Marx had curly yellow hair, but it was not really his hair. It was false hair, called a wig. He never said a word in any of the movies. Instead, he acted out what he wanted to say. He could make people laugh without saying a word. People always knew what he was thinking. He made funny sounds with horns and whistles to express his thoughts and feelings.

Harpo Marx有着卷曲的黄发,但是这并不是他的真发。它是假发,被叫做“法官帽”。他在任何一部电影里都不说一句话。相反,当他想说什么时他就表现出来。他一言不发就可以使得人们大笑。人们总是知道他在想什么。他用喇叭和哨子发出的有趣声音来表达他的想法和感受。

In one movie, a kind policeman tries to give him some advice to stay away from bad people. As the policeman shakes Harpo's hand, you can hear pieces of silver that Harpo has stolen fall out of his clothes.

在一场电影中,一位好心的警察试着建议他离坏人远一点。当这位警察摇着Harpo 的手时,你可以听见他偷的银块从衣服里掉出来的声音。

POLICEMAN: "You better come with me, young fellow."


GROUCHO: " Don't take him away, officer."


POLICEMAN: "All right. I'll let him go this time. But I want to give you some advice. You're running around with the wrong kind of people. Why don't you go home?"


CHICO: "He got no home."


POLICEMAN: "Go home for a few nights. Stay home. Don't you know your poor old mother sits there, night after night, waiting to hear your steps on the stairs?"


CHICO: "He got no stairs."


POLICEMAN: " I can see a little light burning in the window."


GROUCHO: "No you can't. The gas company turned it off."


POLICEMAN: "Now, what I'm telling you is for your own good. And if you listen to me, you can't go wrong."


As you might have guessed from his name, Harpo Marx was famous for playing the musical instrument called the harp. He made beautiful music like this on the harp in several movies.

正如你或许已经从他的名字里猜到什么,Harpo Marx由于弹奏被称为竖琴的乐器而名声远扬。他像这样用竖琴在好几部电影里演奏美妙的音乐。


1楼 作者:Alan Chan 创建: <编辑>  <引用>


2楼 作者:Liu Jianjun 创建: <编辑>  <引用>
3楼 作者:zhulieaa 创建: <编辑>  <引用>
Done well,thanks.
4楼 作者:tricky 创建: <编辑>  <引用>

My boy, you took the words right out of my mouth


5楼 作者:wallace 创建: <编辑>  <引用>
查了一下Intermediate Learner's Engligh-Chinese Dictionary,原来mustache是美国用法,英国用法是moustache,发音也不一样。
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