Laugh with me at ... Dinner for One

07 декабря 2011 Рубрики: Блог

Сегодня приглашаю вас посмотреть один из моих любимых видеороликов Dinner for One. Британское произношение актеров порадует ваш слух, а тонкий юмор жителей Туманного Альбиона заставит от души посмеяться. Примечателен тот факт, что в Германии, Дании, Финляндии, Швейцарии и других европейских странах этот ролик крутят в околорождественское и околоновогоднее время так, как у нас "Иронию судьбы", хотя скетч к этим праздникам никакого отношения не имеет, и в Британии о нем тоже никто ничего не знает. По частоте просмотров это видео попало в Guinness Book of Records.


Story line (сюжет)

Dinner for One is a comedy sketch written by British author Lauri Wylie for the theatre in the 1920s.The sketch presents the 90th birthday of elderly upper-class Englishwoman Miss Sophie, who hosts a dinner every year for her close friends Mr Pommeroy, Mr Winterbottom, Sir Toby, and Admiral von Schneider to celebrate the occasion. (Note that the plot (сюжет, фабула) has nothing to do with New Year's Eve, as is often incorrectly stated. There is a "Happy new year" toast, but this is purely a reference to Miss Sophie's anniversary.) The problem is that given Miss Sophie's considerable age, she has outlived (пережила) all of her friends, and so her equally aged manservant (слуга) James makes his way around the table, impersonating  (выдавая себя за) each of the guests in turn. Miss Sophie decides on appropriate drinks to accompany the menu of the evening, consisting of Mulligatawny soup (острый индийский суп)(Miss Sophie orders dry sherry), North Sea haddock  (морской окунь) (with white wine), chicken (with champagne), and fruit for dessert (with port) served by James, and so he finds himself raising (and emptying) his glass four times per course. That takes its toll, increasingly noticeable in James' growing difficulty in pouring the drinks, telling wine glasses from vases of flowers, and refraining from bursting into song. Even before the alcohol begins to exert its influence, he has trouble avoiding the head of a tiger skin lying on the floor between the dinner table and the buffet.

The crucial (ключевой) exchange during every course is:

James: The same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?
Miss Sophie: The same procedure as every year, James!

After the dinner, Miss Sophie indicates to a very drunk James that she wishes to retire to bed, to which James responds:

James: By the way, the same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?
Miss Sophie (delightedly): The same procedure as every year, James!
James: Well, I'll do my very best!