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A love affair through time

穿越时空的爱恋搬上大银幕

中文 英文 双语 2009-09-10    来源:Nicola Davison, 21ST Century staff      阅读数:91116
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导读:假如你可以穿越时空(travel through time),随意改变自己的过去和将来,也许你会觉得很幸福。但倘若你拥有这项本领,却丝毫不能掌控它,甚至不能自由出现在你的心上人的面前,不能与其厮守终生,这还能称之为一种幸福么?或许,《时间旅行者的妻子》能给你答案…
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WERE time travel possible, we would know it already, since, according to Stephen Hawking, "they would already be here telling us about it". Others speculate that "they" have already been here. They visit quite frequently with their flying saucers and invasive experiments. The typical alien - big blank eyes, no hair, green - is a higher form of human being from the future.
倘若真的可以穿越时空,我们肯定早就知道了。就像斯蒂文-霍金所言,“他们会站在我们眼前,向我们所说这一切的”。当然,也有人猜测说,“他们”就在这里。借助飞碟及其他侵入的实验频繁造访人类。典型的外星人有着大而空洞的双眼,没有头发,浑身绿色。他们是来自未来的“高级”人类。

British author HG Wells introduced a version of this in his 1895 novel The Time Machine, where his character uses a machine to travel through time. Time travel remains as compelling as it is unknowable. All in all, it’s a great theme for a movie.
英国作家HG Wells曾在小说《时光机器》(1895年)中描述过时空穿梭。书中,主人公借助一台机器穿梭时空。正是它的神秘感让时间旅行愈发引人入胜。总而言之,这是一个拍电影的好题材。

The Time Traveler’s Wife is a new film based on the bestselling novel by US author Audrey Niffenegger. It follows the life of Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana), a reluctant time traveler whose genetic condition means he gets whipped through time. He can’t control this and turns up naked at seemingly random places.
新电影《时间旅行者的妻子》改编自美国作家奥黛丽-尼芬格的一本同名畅销小说,讲述了亨利(Eric Bana饰),一个勉为其难的时间旅行者的一生。亨利的特殊基因意味着他可以在时空中穿梭。不幸的是,亨利非但不能控制这种能力,他甚至不知道自己下一秒会赤裸着身体出现在何处。

One place he returns to repeatedly is a meadow. Here he meets a little girl, Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams), who gets him some clothes. Henry (sometimes older sometimes younger) visits often and, inevitably, she falls in love with him. When she is 20, she meets a 28-year-old "real-time" Henry. They fall in love, and Henry keeps going backwards and forwards as the drama develops.
穿梭于各个时空的亨利有个频繁的落脚点--一个牧场。在那里,他遇到了一个小女孩--克莱尔(Rachel McAdams饰),她给了他一些衣服。亨利(每次都以不同的年龄出现)的频繁造访让两人不可避免地坠入爱河。终于,在克莱尔20岁那年,在真实时间28岁的亨利再次见到了她。然而随着剧情的发展,坠入爱河的亨利却仍然在过去与将来之间不停穿梭。

According to Ronald Mallett, a professor at the University of Connecticut and author of The Time Traveler, time travel as a genetic condition is "highly improbable". In reality time travel uses physics (Einstein’s theory of relativity) not biology. Yet films never grow tired of playing with the idea. Back to the Future, The Lake House, and 17 Again are all about the time-space continuum. "I think people are interested in time travel because it touches on some of our most fundamental needs and desires," says Mallett. "I believe that we’d all like to know the future or to change something in our past."
美国康涅狄格大学教授、《时间旅行者》的作者Ronald Mallett认为,遗传基因让人具有时空穿梭能力这一假设是"完全不可信"的。事实上,时空穿梭用的是物理学(爱因斯坦的相对论理论)而非生物学。当然啦,电影总是不厌其烦地演绎这种猜测。《回到未来》、《触不到的恋人》、《重回17岁》等都是穿越系列剧集。Mallett 说:“我认为人们热衷穿越影视作品是因为它们触及了人类最基本的需求和欲望。我相信,大家都想知道自己的未来,或者改变我们过去的某些事情。”

Often these films make giant leaps when it comes to factual accuracy - think of the mail box in The Lake House which transports letters through time. And what about the "grandfather paradox"? What would happen if a time traveler killed his grandfather as a child, resulting in his father not being born and, in turn, his not being born. How does he kill his grandfather?
在事实的准确性方面,这些电影通常都有很大的跳跃。《触不到的恋人》中的信报箱就是个不错的例子:它居然能穿越时空传递信件。除此以外,还有“祖父悖论”:如果一个时间旅行者回到过去杀死了仍是孩子的祖父,进而导致了父亲甚至自己都不能出生。将发生什么事情呢?一个原本不应该出生的人又怎么能杀死他的祖父呢?

The Time Traveler’s Wife doesn’t address these questions. It is less about time travel and more about the idea of "the One". It uses time travel as a metaphor for fate, with Henry and Clare destined to be together. When Henry asks Clare to marry him, she first blurts out "No", then, "Yes, yes! I was just exercising my right to free will." It would have been much more interesting if Clare had said: "Sure, I’ll marry you, but let’s try something radical. Why don’t you go and see if you can kill your grandfather?"
《时间旅行者的妻子》并没有解决这个疑问。与其说它是部关于时空穿梭的电影倒不如说它传达了一种“救世主”的思想。它将时空穿梭喻为命运,是命运将亨利和克莱尔连在一起。亨利向克莱尔求婚时,克莱尔先是脱口而出“不”,而后又马上说“我愿意。我只是在练习自由选择的权利。”但是,如果克莱尔说: “我愿意嫁给你,但让我们做些更疯狂的事情吧。你为什么不回到过去,看看能不能杀死你的祖父呢?”她这么回答想必会更有趣吧!

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以上文章内容选自《21世纪英文报》,详情请见《21世纪英文报》820期
辞海拾贝
compelling引人注目的 leap飞跃
naked裸体的 relativity相对论
repeatedly重复地 speculate推测
descent血统 destine注定
meadow草地 random任意的
inevitably不可避免地 invasive侵略性的
metaphor比喻 time shift时空穿梭
rejuvenation返老还童 turn back the clock时光倒转



 


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