Polly Holliday is your hostess on this tour of American speech
patterns, their history and current forms.
I showed this film in a class on language and culture and it was never
anything but successful. Not even the vulgarity -- and there are some
industrial-strength words used -- seemed to make anyone wince, and this
was on the campus of a nice Southern university. I guess the girls were
a little less sheltered than the O'Hara sisters in "Gone With the Wind"
because they got as much a kick out of it as the jocks did. Well, this
was in a charming, laid-back beach community with many recent
immigrants from places as alien as New Jersey, so maybe the students
had been corrupted by all them cosmopolitan values.
Just kidding. The point is that it's an informative and entertaining
survey of American regional dialects -- good natured and inoffensive.
And class differences aren't ignored. Contrast the abomination of the
language used by the Dead End Kids with the cultivated tones of two
Harvard professors arguing in the most genteel manner about the virtues
of Jane Austen.
I expect you'll enjoy it.
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