Friday, November 26, 2010

MV: Letters to Juliet

2010 - Letters to Juliet

An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by a the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.


This is Sophie Hall from The New Yorker.
  • The New Yorker = magazine in New York
It is a bit like being a detective, yes.
  • detective = a police officer whose job is to try to discover information about a crime so that the criminal can be caught
Can you confirm where you were when you found out World War II was over?
  • confirm = to prove that something is true
The kiss, was it spontaneous or was it staged?
  • spontaneous = happening in a natural way without being planned or thought about
  • staged = deliberately arranged for effect
...said that the nurse was the bee's knees
  • bee's knees = {old slang} the absolute best, perfect, the greatest
Speaking of which, I understand that you're headed off to Verona
  • to head off = to leave
...we're gonna get a little tipsy,
  • tipsy = slightly drunk
-And they dig these exquisite truffles...
  • exquisite = extremely beautiful and delicate
  • truffles = a fungus that grows under the ground and is very expensive to buy because people consider it a special food
Yeah, the lovers' quarrels, the breakups, the really tangled hearts.
  • quarrels = an argument, especially one about something unimportant between people who know each other well
  • tangled = very complicated and difficult to deal with
Okay, what shall I do? I mean, my hands are tied.
  • my hands are tied = {slang} not able to do anything
and he's invited me to this amazing wine auction that's happening in Livorno.
  • auction = public event where things are sold to people who offer the most money for them
It's super-exclusive.
  • exclusive = limited to a particular person, thing, or group and not shared with others
What, are you some lonely American girl who has to live vicariously through others?
  • to live vicariously through others = to experience life through the actions of other people
My condolences to the groom.
  • condolences = the things that you say to show sympathy when someone has just died
...that can manage to jam, "Oh, my God" and "awesome" into the same sentence.
  • jam = to push someone or something somewhere using a lot of force
...it seems a little churlish not to meet the woman responsible
  • churlish = impolite and unfriendly, especially toward someone who does not deserve to be treated in this way
-Of course, if it's not an intrusion.
  • intrusion = the act of becoming involved in something in a way that is not welcome
Gran, a journalist trying to pry into our private lives.
  • to pry = to be interested in someone’s personal life in a way that is annoying or offensive
Her soul mate was my grandfather. Let's not invalidate my entire existence.
  • soul mate = someone who you have a special relationship with because you share the same feelings, attitudes, and beliefs
  • invalidate = to prove that an argument or opinion is wrong
Both skeptics.
  • skeptics = someone who has doubts about things that other people think are true or right
There's no need to prolong the disappointment.
  • to prolong = to make something last longer
I find things. And through process of elimination
  • process of elimination = a way of finding an answer or solution by first deciding which answers or solutions are not possible
...and caveat emptor, which will require assembling a few more facts,
  • caveat emptor = A Latin phrase meaning “buyer beware.”
-This is utter, complete mad...
  • utter, complete madness = 100% crazy
Charlie, why don't you tell Sophie about your pro bono legal work?
  • pro bono legal work = done without the usual payment that a lawyer charges
I just didn't have you pinned down as the save-humanity type at all.
  • to pin down = to understand or describe something exactly
You wrote that blasted letter.
  • blasted = used for emphasizing that you are annoyed with someone or something
You know, I'm not the buttoned-up, buttock-clenching killjoy you try to make me out as.
  • buttoned-up = {slang} closed minded
  • buttock-clenching = not tolerant of other view points
  • killjoy = enjoys ending the happiness of others
How am I to be sure that I'm being properly portrayed?
  • portrayed = to show or describe someone or something in a particular way
Churchill in a dress.
  • Churchill = Winston Churchill was the prime minister of the UK during WWII
Admirable trait.
  • admirable = deserving to be admired or respected
  • trait = characteristic
Because I guess I'm a perfectionist.
  • perfectionist = person who want's everything perfect
You know that's just another way of saying "I'm a chicken"?
  • "I'm a chicken?" = "I'm frightened?"
You are the Montagues and the Capulets.
  • Montagues and Capulets = waring families
Over the next hill? Or the next? Scour the whole country?
  • scour = to look for with great effort
I think you did more than tag along.
  • tag along = come along with
I never should've kissed you. I was completely out of bounds.
  • out of bounds = not according to rules of politeness
Okay, okay, then don't sugarcoat it, Gran.
  • sugarcoat = make something sound nicer than it is
That you were Romeo. You were throwing pebbles
  • pebbles = small rocks
La mia bella Claire!
  • mia bella = {Italian} my beautiful


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