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fatto da battistrada

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by emily_gr, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. emily_gr Junior Member

    Italian
    Dear all,

    I'm translating this sentence:

    "In prospettiva, possiamo dire oggi che tutte queste nuove riviste, sorte in Italia per impulso di giovani critici che, seguendo la lezionef rancese, si erano ribellati alla tradizione dei padri – la critique de papa – hanno fatto da battistrada nei confronti delle generazioni successive per rinnovare radicalmente gli studi di cinema."

    This is my attempt:


    In hindsight, we can now say that all these new magazines, developped in Italy thanks to the impulse/drive of young critics that, following the French example, had rebelled against the tradition of the fathers – la critique de papa –opened the road/prepared the ground for future generations to radically renew the study of cinema.

    What do you think?

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2013
  2. joanvillafane Senior Member

    U.S., New Jersey
    U.S. English
    Hi emily - we say "paved the way"
    paved the way for future generations.....
     
  3. rrose17

    rrose17 Senior Member

    Montreal
    Canada, English
    Perhaps "beat the path" would be closest to the Italian but "prepared/laid the groundwork" would work here, as well. Something about "radically renew" that sounds odd, though. Not sure why.
    ....the tradition of their fathers - laid the groundwork for future generations to radically alter/reconceive cinematic studies.
    ....the tradition of their fathers - laid the groundwork for future generations' radical renewal of cinematic studies.

    edit: Agree with Joan's pave the way
     
  4. emily_gr Junior Member

    Italian
    Thanks, both of you!

    rrose, I think I'll go with your second option.
     

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