英语畅谈中国文化 50 主题 第 41 章 The Film Makers’Responsibility 电影人的责任
A: Recent research shows that there is a new pollutant in Los Angeles. The source of the pollution comes from emissions during
film making, either car exhaust, generator emissions or the fireworks used for special effects. The research shows that every year the film industry produces 140, 000 tons of pollutants. What is the situation with Chinese film industry? B: In addition to pollution, another concern facing China's film industry is its negative impact on the general public. Many male characters in the movies are heavy smokers. They do not always wear seat belt while driving and they often use a mobile phone while at the wheel. The situation with female characters is not much better. In some scenes involving a beautiful environment, they may tear up documents in anger and throw the pieces into a lake. Even worse, they make a lot of noise in public places. Some parents are worried about these rowdy actions and the negative impact on their children.
A: I have indeed seen such scenes in Chinese movies and on TV. The situation is better in Japanese and Korean films. Most of the key characters in their films tend to be well behaved. Maybe their film directors are more worried about the social effect of their movies. 1 understand that the Chinese government has recently published a set of guidelines for Chinese tourists going overseas. One of the guidelines is not to make a lot of noise in public places. Chinese film makers could learn from this good example. B: Talking about pollution caused by Hollywood, it reminds me of some news reports about how the environment was damaged during film making at home. One of the reports was about damage done to plants in the picturesque Shangri-la area. Another report was about damage to some rock carvings that were several hundreds of years old. There was a lot of criticism about the damage.
A: Film makers shouldn't just worry about box office ticket sales and their profit. They should also have some social responsibilities and show respect for the environment. B: Some Chinese film makers have done a good job in that respect. They have produced films to raise people's awareness of the environment and animal rights, as well as
living conditions of human-beings.
A: A person may have a lot of money but that does not mean they are cultured. Likewise, a person may have fame, but that doesn't mean they can ignore their social responsibilities. There are already instances in the Chinese film industry to prove this.
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