No.046 《Monster's Ball》 死囚之舞 绝望的尽头是什么
Monster's Ball is a 2001 American romantic drama film directed by Marc Forster and written by Milo Addica and Will Rokos. The film stars Billy Bob Thornton as a widowed prison-guard, Halle Berry as a woman whose husband is on death row, and Heath Ledger as Thornton's son. Angela Bassett was originally scripted to play Leticia but later turned down the lead role because of the script's sexual content.
Director Marc Forster, winner of Best Feature at Slamdance for his debut film Loungers (1996) and the"Someone to Watch" Independent Spirit Award for his indie drama Everything Put Together (2000), follows up those acclaimed projects with this intense, racially charged romance. Billy Bob Thornton stars as Georgia prison guard Hank Grotowski, a hard-drinking racist ex-cop whose father, Buck (Peter Boyle), is dying of emphysema and whose son, Sonny (Heath Ledger), works the execution detail at the prison's death row. When Sonny commits suicide, Hank is devastated and quits his job, spiraling into a deep depression until, one night, he comes to the aid of Leticia (Halle Berry), a beautiful African-American woman whose son, Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun), has been hit by a car. When Tyrell dies, Leticia and Hank find themselves to be unexpected soul mates linked together by tragic grief. It's not long before Hank discovers that Leticia is the widow of Lawrence Musgrove (Sean Combs), the man whose execution by electric chair he and his late son helped to orchestrate.
Monster's Ball (2001) is based on a screenplay by actors Milo Addica and Will Rokos, who spent five years developing their script into a feature. The title of the film comes from a custom in medieval England of referring to prisoners awaiting execution as "monsters". The night before their execution, their jailers would hold a farewell feast known as a "monster's ball".
The prison scenes in Monster's Ball were filmed in Louisiana State Penitentiary in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.
The film received mostly positive reviews. Review website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 120 of the 141 reviews they tallied were positive. This resulted in a score of 85% and a certification of "Fresh". Roger Ebert gave the film four stars and stated that, "The movie has the complexity of great fiction" listing it as the best film of 2001.
Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, and the film won a Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay (Milo Addica & Will Rokos).
Halle Berry as a woman whose husband is on death row
我们都知道，row在英语中是“行，排，街道，路”的意思，而在文中则不是这个意思，文中的death row相当于death house，主要用于美国英语中，是“（监狱内的）死囚区，（关押待毙犯人的）死囚牢排，（待决）死囚牢房，死囚被行刑前的监房”的意思，比如：This convicted killer has been on death row for 15 years.（这位被判决死刑的杀人犯住在死囚牢房已15年了。）
Follows up those acclaimed projects with this intense
Follow up是英语中一个常见的固定搭配，它最常见的意思是“穷追，紧追不舍；追究到底；干到底”，比如：The hunter is following up a wolf.（那猎人正在追踪一匹狼。）它还能表达“用进一步行动来加强…的效果，对…采取进一步行动”的意思，比如：After Mary sent a letter to apply for a job, she followed it up by going to talk to the personnel manager.（玛丽发出求职信后，她接着还找了人事部经理面谈。）此外，它还有“进一步照…行事”的意思，比如：I think we should follow up his suggestions; it sounds reasonable.（我想我们应该进一步照他的建议去做，它听起来可行。）
charged[t?ɑ:d?d] adj. 充满感情的；气氛紧张的
racist[?reisist] n. 种族主义者
emphysema[?emfi?si:m?] n. 气肿；肺气肿
execution[?eksi?kju:n] n. 执行，实行；完成；死刑
mate[meit] n. 助手，大副；配偶；同事；配对物
medieval[?medi?i:v?l] adj. 中世纪的；[贬]原始的；仿中世纪的；老式的
custom[?k?st?m] n. 习惯；风俗；海关
farewell[?fεwel] n. 告别，辞别；再见；再会
complexity[k?m?pleksiti] n. 复杂，复杂性；复杂错综的事物