a static, rather cerebral staging

Discussion in 'English Only' started by word gumshoe, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. word gumshoe Senior Member

    TEHRAN IRAN
    persian
    Hi every one

    I have read the foloowing sentence in Elements of cinema by Robert Bird. Does "cerebral staging" have negative connotation? Are "static" and "cerebral" somehow synonym?
    Would someone please paraphrase the underlined sentence?

    Despite the emphasis on communicating the characters' subjective attitudes, later accounts (a virtual press ban on Hamlet has left precious little contemporary criticism) suggest a static, rather cerebral staging.
     
  2. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Jerusalem
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Hi word gumshoe. :)

    No, they are not synonyms. They are two different opinions of the staging:
    1. It was static.
    2. It was rather cerebral.
     
  3. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Colorado
    English-US
    "Static" and "cerebral" are not synonyms, word gumshoe. Here is my attempt to paraphrase the underlined portion of that sentence: ...suggest a motionless, fairly intellectual staging.

    PS Hi, Nunty. It's nice to see your posts in here again. I missed you.
     
  4. word gumshoe Senior Member

    TEHRAN IRAN
    persian
    does "cerebral" have a negative connotation?
     
  5. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Colorado
    English-US
    It could if your idea of good theater is a play that evokes an emotional response from the audience. For me, "cerebral" is often a good thing.
     

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