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Last updated: 20 may, 2010 - 16:32 GMT

French film director launches 'Navajo English' subtitles

Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard was one of the founders of La Nouvelle Vague

The French film director Jean-Luc Godard has confused much of his non-French speaking audience by releasing a new film with deliberately bad subtitles.

Screened at the Cannes film festival this week, Film Socialisme has subtitles in what he calls Navajo English.

They are, in effect, pidgin English, so that a phrase such as 'give me your watch' is subtitled as 'you, me, watch'.

Michael Brook is a regular contributor to Sight and Sound magazine and one of curators of the national archive at the British Film Institute.

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First broadcast 20 May 2010

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