For Students: Asking about films
Are you a film buff like me? - a person who is very interested in and knowledgeable about films.
When was the last time you went to the cinema? I went just the other day and saw Dunkirk. It was pretty good. I got to see my friend who was an extra – a person in the background - in the film
Note: When Russian/Ukrainian speakers talk about films, a common mistake that they sometimes make is the use of the verb play. They might say a sentence like this '̶B̶r̶a̶d̶ ̶P̶i̶t̶t̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶y̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶S̶e̶v̶e̶n̶ ' the verb play always follows the name of the role – the character- when we talk about films. The correct way of saying this would be ' Brad Pitt played a detective in Seven.' Of course, we can say an actor or actress is in a film without saying who they played and when we do this we simply say ' Brad Pitt is in Seven '
Can you think of any other actors or actresses and the roles they played in films? How about the film 'The Hangover' who's in it?
When we talk about films, we usually ask certain questions to ask about them. Let's look at some of the most common questions
Have you seen <film> ? To ask if the person has watched a film or not
Was/is it any good? - To ask for a rating of the film
What did you see? - To ask for the name of the film
What's it about? (wotsit about?) - To ask for a brief describe of the story
Who's in it? - To ask about who the actors and actresses are in the film
When did it come out? - To ask when the film was released
Let's try and choose the right question. Which question from above fits below?
I went to the cinema last night
Yeah, it was really good. Very funny
A little green Alien called Joo who tries to find his spaceship
Last month I think.
Have a nice day!
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