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Lost in translation

By Tom Chatfield  

Movie-related fact-checking has today brought me incidental amusement, via a few of the more bizarre translations of English-language film titles to be found around the world. I started small, with the rather worrying French and Belgian rendering of the 1998 flick Wild Things as Sex Crimes. Progressing to Italian, I chuckled a little harder at 1968 car caper The Love Bug becoming Il Maggiolino Tutto Matto (“The Totally Crazy Beetle”); and slightly harder still—although I’m not proud of this—at its 1974 sequel, Herbie Rides Again, appearing in West Germany as Herbie groß in Fahrt (translation, unamusingly, “Herbie, largely in…

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