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ADRIFT WITH A TEENAGER NAMED PI FOR 227 DAYS!

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  • 2012-11-09
  • 李安導演親自執導的年度 3D 奇幻鉅片《少年Pi的奇幻漂流》,將於 11 月 21 日搶先在台上映。片中最主要的水池場景,在台中水湳機場打造完成,而船具則由高雄船廠支援。在台拍攝 9 個月期間,李安帶著 150 名來自 24 國的工作團隊全台跑透透,開心地蒐羅台灣美景,李安甚至驕傲地說:不來台灣,就拍不成《少年 Pi 的奇幻漂流》。跟著大學堂一窺 Pi 的奇幻之旅。片中的配樂 Coldplay《 Paradise 》也很好聽。
    《 少年 Pi 的漂流日記預告片 + 男主角和李安導演接受專訪 》

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    • 精選多益 / 全民英檢中高級 / 托福單字片語

    debut (v) 出次登台
    premiere (n) 首映
    screening (n) 放映
    notorious (adj) 惡名昭彰的
    vice (n) 弱點
    process ( n) 過程
    hindrance (n) 阻礙
    inspiring (adj) 鼓舞人心的
    visually (adv) 視覺地
    stunning (adj) 驚人的;出色的
    tall tale (n) 奇聞軼事
    faith (n) 宗教信仰
    self-discovery (n) 自我追尋
    adapt (v) 改編
    acclaim (v) 讚賞
    bestseller (n) 暢銷書
    center (v) 聚焦
    jolting (adj) 顛簸的
    shipwreck (n) 船難
    strand (v) 困住
    portray (v) 描述
    religion (n) 宗教
    stamp (n) 郵票
    provide (v) 提供
    dazzling (adj) 光彩奪目的
    political (adj) 政治的
    pressure (n) 壓力
    prompt (v) 促使
    announce (v) 宣布
    en route (adv) 在途中
    capsize (v) 翻覆
    battle (v) 對抗
    horrible (adj) 可怕的
    share (v) 分享
    lifeboat (n) 救生艇
    injured (adj) 受傷的
    maniacal (adj) 發狂的
    hyena (n) 鬣狗
    dour (adj) 陰沉的
    orangutan (n) 猩猩
    ravenous (adj) 飢腸轆轆的

    reduce (v) 減少
    due to N:因為
    adept (adj) 擅長…的
    tame (v) 馴服
    beast (n) 野獸
    eventually (adv) 最終地
    form (v) 形成;建立
    maintain (v) 維持
    wit (n) 機智
    float (v) 漂浮
    mark (v) 以…為特色
    resemble (v) 相像
    magnificent (adj) 壯麗的
    come to life:栩栩如生
    startling (adj) 驚人的
    flurry (n) 突然一陣…
    ignite (v) 點燃
    luminous (adj) 發亮的
    aglow (adv/adj) 發亮地(的)
    enhance (v) 提升
    nimble (adj) 敏捷靈活的
    terrifying (adj) 非常地
    realistic (adj) 真實的
    survival (n) 倖存(者)
    fable (n) 寓言故事
    rumination (n) 沉思
    digest (v) 消化;領悟
    meld (v) 結合
    disparate (adj) 不同的
    cutting-edge (adj) 先進的
    rebrand (v) 重塑…形象
    chameleon (n) 變色龍
    challenge (n) 挑戰
    embraceable (adj) 理解的;接受的
    all manner of N:形形色色的
    predict (v) 預測
    anticipate (v) 期待盼望
    peak (n) 巔峰
    conclude (v) 下結論
    compress (v) 壓縮
    tricky (adj) 棘手的



    Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" debuted at the New York Film festival on Sept 28th. Before the world premiere screening, director Ang Lee joked that this film hit the four most notorious "__   1  __ " in the movie-making process: kids, animals, water and 3D. As it turns out, __   2 __    with those hindrances, Life of Pi is an inspiring and visually stunning tale of faith, hope and self-discovery.

    Adapted from the acclaimed Yann Martel’s 2001 bestseller, "Life of Pi" centers on a tall tale about an Indian boy named Pi who, __   3 __    a jolting shipwreck, is stranded at sea for 227 days. The film takes a while to get going. The first half hour portrays the warm family life Pi enjoys and __   4 __    he collects world religions such as Hinduism, Christianity and Islam the way other kids collect stamps. "Faith is a house with many rooms," Pi later says.

    The middle section provides the bulk of the film's action and dazzling visuals as political pressures prompt Pi's father, a zoo owner, to announce a move to Canada, __   5 __    he will sell all his animals. En route, the ship capsizes after battling a horrible storm, leaving Pi sharing __   6 __    on a 27-foot lifeboat with an injured zebra, a maniacal hyena, a dour orangutan and a ravenous tiger named Richard Parker. Shortly afterward, the population onboard is __   7 __    to two due to hunger and the law of the jungle. Pi proves adept at taming the beast and the two eventually form a loving friendship.

    Still, 227 days is a very long time to keep fed and maintain wits on the open sea for both the man and beast. This floating journey is __   8 __    by images resembling magnificent paintings that come to life. There are startling scenes where a sudden flurry of flying fish ignites the night sky and __   9   __ jellyfish set the sea aglow. The storm scenes, enhanced by nimble usage of 3D, are terrifying realistic.

    Part survival story, part youthful fable, and part ruminations on life, "Life of Pi" is easy to digest even for kids. Ang Lee skillfully melds __   10   __ elements — Aesopian fable, cutting-edge 3D technology, east and west, man and nature — that he may succeed in rebranding himself as a chameleon director.

    A. even B. where C. vices D. reduced E. following
    F. luminous G. disparate H. how I. space J. marked
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    Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" debuted at the New York Film festival on Sept 28th. Before the world premiere screening, director Ang Lee joked that this film hit the four most notorious "vices" in the movie-making process: kids, animals, water and 3D. As it turns out, even with those hindrances, Life of Pi is an inspiring and visually stunning tale of faith, hope and self-discovery.

    Adapted from the acclaimed Yann Martel's 2001 bestseller, "Life of Pi" centers on a tall tale about an Indian boy named Pi who, following a jolting shipwreck, is stranded at sea for 227 days. The film takes a while to get going. The first half hour portrays the warm family life Pi enjoys and how he collects world religions such as Hinduism, Christianity and Islam the way other kids collect stamps. "Faith is a house with many rooms," Pi later says.

    The middle section provides the bulk of the film's action and dazzling visuals as political pressures prompt Pi's father, a zoo owner, to announce a move to Canada, where he will sell all his animals. En route, the ship capsizes after battling a horrible storm, leaving Pi sharing space on a 27-foot lifeboat with an injured zebra, a maniacal hyena, a dour orangutan and a ravenous tiger named Richard Parker. Shortly afterward, the population onboard is reduced to two due to hunger and the law of the jungle. Pi proves adept at taming the beast and the two eventually form a loving friendship.

    Still, 227 days is a very long time to keep fed and maintain wits on the open sea for both the man and beast. This floating journey is marked by images resembling magnificent paintings that come to life. There are startling scenes where a sudden flurry of flying fish ignites the night sky and luminous jellyfish set the sea aglow. The storm scenes, enhanced by nimble usage of 3D, are terrifying realistic.

    Part survival story, part youthful fable, and part ruminations on life, "Life of Pi" is easy to digest even for kids. Ang Lee skillfully melds disparate elements — Aesopian fable, cutting-edge 3D technology, east and west, man and nature — that he may succeed in rebranding himself as a chameleon director.

    QThe primary purpose of this passage is to _________.
    A. discuss the challenges behind the making of a 3D movie.
    B. suggest that the film proves embraceable by all manner of audiences.
    C. predict that this much-anticipated film will allow Ang Lee to reach the peak of his career.
    D. imply that compressing the eight-month journey into 75 minutes of screen time is a tricky task.

    建議做完聽力和閱讀後, 打開播放器, 跟著一起朗讀文章, 熟悉發音和語調。

    文意選填解答:
    1. C 2. A 3. E 4. H 5. B
    6. I 7. D 8. J 9. F 10. G

    1. 形容詞 notorious 後方需搭配「名詞」,第 1 格應為「名詞」。從文意可知,小孩、動物、水和 3D 是製片過程中最難處理,「最弱」( vice) 的一環。
    2. 從文意可推知,「即使」( even ) 有重重阻礙,片子還是很成功。
    3. 從文意可知,船難「後」( following ),Pi 受困海上。
    4. 本題考點為「間接問句」當受詞用。「間接問句」= 疑問詞 + 主詞 + 動詞 + ( 地點 + 時間 )。從文意可知,電影前半點出 Pi 「如何」( how ) 受各宗教的薰陶。「間接問句」相關解說請見 大學堂文法講座 16
    5. 句子結構分析如下: 

    political pressures prompt …Canada,  __  5  __       he     will sell all …
    [主詞1]        [動詞1]         [連接詞/ 關代] [主詞2] [動詞2]
    兩個主詞,兩個動詞,代表有兩個句子,連接兩句需用第5格「關係代名詞」。由於先行詞為 Canada,故需用「物性質的關代」which。第5格後方句子完整意思為:
    he will sell all his animals in Canada.
    [介係詞] [which]

    介係詞 + which = 代替「地點」的關係副詞 where。關係副詞 where 的詳細解說請見 大學堂文法講座 2
    6. 從文意可知,Pi 需和其他動物分享救生艇上27英呎的「空間」(space)。
    7. 從關鍵字 two 可推知和數量增減有關。隨漂流時間拉長,倖存的動物越來越少,「減」成 2 個。
    8. 從 by 可知本題為「被動式」( be + 過去分詞 )。從文意可知,漂亮的影像是這部電影的「特徵」( mark ),綜合以上第 8 格答案為 marked。關於「被動式」的詳細解說請見 大學堂文法講座 17
    9. 「名詞」jellyfish 前應搭配「形容詞」,故第 9 格為「形容詞」。從關鍵字海面「發亮」( aglow ) 可知水母是「閃閃發亮的」( luminous )。
    10. 「名詞」elements 前應搭配「形容詞」,故第10格為「形容詞」。從文意可知,這部影片涵蓋寓言故事、3D、東西文化等「完全不同的」( disparate ) 元素。
       

    閱讀解答:B
    和少年 Pi 一起漂流 227 天吧!


    李安的 “少年 Pi 的奇幻漂流” 九月 28 日在紐約電影節首映。全球首映之前,李安導演開玩笑地說,這部電影命中製片過程中最惡名昭彰也最難纏的四大「弱項」:小孩,動物,水和3D。事 實證明,即使有這些障礙,“少年Pi的奇幻漂流”這個關於信念、希望和自我追尋的故事,情節鼓舞人心,且視覺效果令人驚豔。

    “少年 Pi 的奇幻漂流”改編自名作家 Yann Martel 2001 年的暢銷小說。這個奇幻故事主要是述說一個名叫 Pi 的印度男孩,歷經顛簸的沉船事件後,受困在海上 227 天的過程。影片開始一段時間後,劇情才慢慢向前推展。前半小時描繪了 Pi 熱愛的溫馨家庭生活,及他如何像其他小孩集郵般,收集如印度教,基督教和伊斯蘭教等世界宗教,且受多重信仰的薰陶。“信仰是一棟有很多房間的房子”,Pi 稍後這麼說。

    Pi 的父親經營一座動物園。當他在政治壓迫下宣佈舉家搬遷到加拿大,並打算在加拿大出售他所飼養的動物時,電影進入中段。中段充滿大量的動作場面和令人眼花撩亂的視覺特效。途中,他們的船不敵可怕的暴風雨,翻覆了,留下 Pi 和一隻受傷的斑馬、一隻發狂的鬣狗、一隻陰沉的猩猩,及一頭名叫 Richard Parker,飢腸轆轆的老虎。一行人和動物全擠在27英呎長的救生艇上。不久後,飢餓加上弱肉強食的叢林法則讓船上的成員驟減,只剩 Pi 和老虎。事實證明 Pi 擅長馴服老虎,最終人虎之間還衍生出一段真摯的友誼。

    不過對在茫茫大海上,時時得想辦法填飽肚子和臨機應變的 Pi 和老虎而言,227 天的確很漫長。這段漂浮的旅程,標榜栩栩如生,如壯麗圖畫般的影像。有突如其來的飛魚群點燃夜空,及閃閃發光的水母讓大海亮了起來。靈活的 3D 特效支援下,暴風雨場面也十分逼真。

    一部分是生存故事,一部分是青少年寓言故事,一部分是對人生的反思,“少年 Pi 的奇幻漂流” 是部連孩子也容易看懂的電影。李安在影片中巧妙融合--伊索式的寓言,前衛的 3D 技術,東西方思維,人和自然的關係--種種不同元素,或許可藉此成功地將自己重新塑造成風格多變的變色龍導演。

    問題:這篇文章的主要目的是為了 __________。
    A. 討論拍攝 3D 電影所遭遇的挑戰。
    B. 暗示這部電影將受各形各色的觀眾的歡迎。
    C. 預測這部大家殷殷期盼的電影將讓李安的電影事業達高峰。
    D. 暗指將 Pi 八個月的旅程濃縮成 75 分鐘的電影片段是件棘手的工作。


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