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Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records

Date: Dec 31 2008

Themes: History

Intro

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Many famous and talented musicians have had tragic or dramatic lives. Maybe the tragedy even helps make their work great. Some people believe that the best art comes out of painful experiences.

Hollywood loves to immortalize the crazy lives of famous musicians, from Ray Charles to Bob Dylan. And if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Music biopics, with their hit soundtracks and real-life drama, are almost guaranteed to sell a lot of tickets.

The latest music biopic is Cadillac Records, which tells the story of the birth of rock n’ roll. Listen to Devan and Marni talk about it.

Dialog

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Marni

Marni

Devan

Devan

Marni:  Have you seen Cadillac Records?

Devan:  I did. Did you see it?

Marni:  I have not. But I totally want to, because I love that music. Huge fan of most of the artists featured in that film.

Devan:  Yeah. Well, I went and saw it because I love the blues and old rock n’ roll and soul and all that kind of music. But I gotta say, the movie wasn’t great, but the music was great.

Marni:  Okay, okay. This is kind of what I’ve been hearing. So, it’s… You know, the biopic… I kinda think they either nail it or they don’t. And a lot of times the element that really shines through is the music. And, you know… seeing Beyonce Knowles as Etta James...

Devan:  I was really skeptical, but I think she did a great job. She really nailed the part. Yeah, it wasn’t a great movie, but I’d still recommend seeing it, because… Especially if you have an interest in that genre of music, or that record labell in particular… Even though I already knew about it, I still learned a lot from it, and found out things about Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters that I never knew before.

Marni:  Yeah, and those would be interesting people to see. And Mos Def as Chuck Berry? I gotta see it right there. Sold.

 

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Discussion

Devan has seen Cadillac Records, and Marni is interested in seeing it because she loves the musicians that the movie is about. Devan thinks that the best part about the movie is the music. Marni points out that not all music biopics are successful, but even the bad ones usually have great soundtracks.

Marni is curious about Beyonce playing the singer Etta James. According to Devan, she did a really good job. She thinks the movie is worth seeing because of the actors’ strong performances and the fascinating life stories of the musicians in it.

What’s your favorite biopic? Do you think musicians who’ve had crazy or sad experiences make the best songs?

 

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Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

One of the biopic that I more liked was “The Legend”,tells the story of Bruce Lee,one of the greatest actors of martial arts of all the time,very good ;)

10:52 AM Jan 06 2009 |

DaMnWoRlD

DaMnWoRlD

Taiwan

good discussion topic, I would like to see this film recently although I had to learn more about Bob Dylan, so I won't miss anything… :D

04:58 PM Jan 03 2009 |

lch41521

lch41521

China

Happy new year!

07:47 AM Jan 03 2009 |

Karen

China

it is really a good lesson.i like it.i like to see some movie or biopic just for nice music.

04:55 AM Jan 02 2009 |

hab1020

hab1020

Congo

It's really cool

12:06 PM Jan 01 2009 |

hab1020

hab1020

Congo

It's really cool

12:06 PM Jan 01 2009 |

祝勋=zx>confidence

China

happy new year ,all

 

10:15 PM Dec 31 2008 |

Amido Hernan Rios

Colombia

For me the biopics are the reflex of the soul of each singer

07:28 PM Dec 31 2008 |

Amido Hernan Rios

Colombia

I haven't seen it yet but when I see it, I'll give you my opinion.

07:27 PM Dec 31 2008 |

nad1a

nad1a

Greece

It's cool. Super intriguing and interesting. Amazing actors. For one thing, I haven't been giving Beyonce much credit as an actress before now.

But I think they've overdone it with the mix of stories and this way, none is being done justice. All the viewer gets is just snippets of life stories but not enough details about individual characters. As you're watching, you'd like to see more about some of them; like Berry , for example, who appears for just a few scenes.

02:28 PM Dec 31 2008 |

nad1a

nad1a

Greece

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It’s cool. It’s super intriguing and interesting.  Amazing actors. For one thing, I haven’t been giving Beyonce much credit as an actress, before now.

But I think they’ve overdone it with the mix of stories and this way, none is being done justice. All the viewer gets is just snippets of lives but not enough details about individual characters. As you’re watching, you’d like to see more of some of them; like Berry, for example, who appears for just a few scenes.

02:26 PM Dec 31 2008 |

nad1a

nad1a

Greece

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It’s cool. It’s super intriguing and interesting.  Amazing actors. For one thing, I haven’t been giving Beyonce much credit as an actress, before now.

But I think they’ve overdone it with the mix of stories and this way, none is being done justice. All the viewer gets is just snippets of lives but not enough details about individual characters. As you’re watching, you’d like to see more of some of them; like Berry, for example, who appears for just  few scenes.

02:25 PM Dec 31 2008 |

nad1a

nad1a

Greece

adorable. totally enjoyed watching it.

01:44 PM Dec 31 2008 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

good lesson

08:49 AM Dec 31 2008 |

whitetutu

China

It is so good to learn some new like nail it and shine through. I wish I can find time to watch the movie. I like music even I don't quite tell the difference of blue and soul. But I will enjoy any kind of good music. I prefer classic music most. You know movie Mamamia which is a music movie with a lot of good musics. The song of music is the first movie I watched and I still remember most of musics in that movie.

 

08:30 AM Dec 31 2008 |

RISEPEARL

RISEPEARL

Afghanistan

it's a very good lession i like it but very difficult to manage time for every day any way i like to learn english from any sources. thank you 

07:39 AM Dec 31 2008 |

leonlai

leonlai

China

Happy new yaer to you all of Ebaby membersTongue out

07:17 AM Dec 31 2008 |

Mary23

Czech Republic

It was great!Cool

07:02 AM Dec 31 2008 |

tiffintime

tiffintime

Sri Lanka

Sold!

06:26 AM Dec 31 2008 |

HuanWei

HuanWei

China

Cry

04:43 AM Dec 31 2008 |

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