Allez-y, Fais-Moi Plaisir

Oreste Lionello, who dubbed the voices of Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis, Peter Sellers, Marty Feldman, and Charlie Chaplin in Italian releases of the stars’ movies, died last week. Many Italians had never heard the stars’ real voices but knew Lionello’s well. It reminds me of a landlord in St-Malo, France, a number of years ago who absolutely adored Clint Eastwood. One night while talking I realized he’d never actually heard the actor say any of his famous lines because he’d always seen dubbed movies. Somehow “Allez-y, fais-moi plaisir” just doesn’t make my day.

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