This is The Room.
这部电影名为《房间》
Arguably the worst film ever made.
可以说这是一部烂片之王
“You are lying, I never hit you.
你在撒谎 我从没打过你
You are tearing me apart, Lisa!”
你让我撕心裂肺啊 丽莎
Thousands of people have willingly paid money to watch this
许多人自愿花钱观看这部电影
often many times.
往往还会看很多次
Which begs the question: why?
那么问题来了:为什么呢?
This is Tom Bissell.
这位是汤姆•比赛尔
He literally co-wrote the book on this movie.
他与别人合著了关于这部电影的书
The Room is about a perfect American named Johnny
《房间》的主角一个典型美国人 名叫强尼
who does an amazing job at his bank and is constantly saving them money.
他在银行表现优异 总是能为客户省钱
Did you tell them how much you save them?
他们知道你为银行省了多少钱吗?
Of course, what do you think?
当然了 不然你以为呢?
They already put my ideas into practice.
他们已经按我的意思来做事了
And he lives with his future wife,
他和他的未婚妻同居
After all, she’s my future wife.
毕竟她是我的未婚妻
Lisa’s your future wife.
Lisa是你的未婚妻
And he thinks he has a great life with them together,
他自认为与未婚妻生活美满
but she’s secretly sleeping with his best friend, Mark.
但是他的未婚妻却与自己的好友马克偷情
Oh, hi, Mark.
噢 嗨 马克
I’ve seen The Room more than 100 times and less than 150 times.
这部电影我大概看了100-150次
It is like a movie made by an alien
这部电影的制作人
who has never seen a movie
就像一个从没看过电影
but has had movies thoroughly explained to him.
但听别人说过电影的外星人
A lot of the dialogue makes no sense.
大量对白毫无逻辑
You couldn’t kill me if you tried.
你怎么都杀不死我
You betray me! You are not good,
你背叛了我 你个混蛋
you are just a chicken!!! CHIP!!! CHIP!!! CHIP!!!
你就是个懦夫 唧!唧!唧!(鸡叫声)
Characters say and do things that never really line up
电影中人物的言行举止
with how actual humans behave.
与现实完全不符
-How much is it? -That’ll be $18.
-多少钱? -18美元
-Here you go. Keep the change.
给你 不用找了
-Hi, doggy. -You’re my favorite customer.
-你好 小狗 -你是我最喜爱的顾客
Thanks a lot, bye!
谢谢 再见!
And there’s a table full of framed photographs of spoons for some reason.
不知为何 这张桌上的相框都装着勺子的照片
There’s not often that a work of film
很少有这样一部电影
has every creative decision that’s made in it
在电影所有制作过程中
on a moment-by-moment basis
似乎从头到尾
seemingly be the wrong one.
每一个环节都是错的
It’s a famously incoherent piece of American cinema
这是一部出名的美国无脑电影
that’s established a rabid cult following,
而且它还有一个狂热的崇拜者群体
a celebrity fan base,
其中还有许多名人
I’ve had Tommy Wiseau up here.
汤姆•维索上过我的节目
Tell me everything.
快和我详细讲讲
I remember I saw it with Jonah Hill, actually, randomly.
其实我曾与乔纳•希尔一起看过这部片子 当时是随便选的
And then, and, like, we became obsessed with it.
在那之后 我们就迷上了它
And there are still sold-out monthly midnight screenings
甚至在上映了14年后
in countries across the globe,
在全球的各个国家
even 14 years after its release.
每次的午夜重映场总是座无虚席
Why is a movie that’s so incoherent and so critically
为什么这样一部没有逻辑
panned still so popular?
且饱受批评的影片还如此受欢迎?
The Room falls into a category that some call “paracinema,”
《房间》属于“另类电影”
which comprises all forms of cinema outside of the mainstream.
它包括除主流电影以外的所有类别
Including art film, horror,
它包括 艺术电影 艺术片 恐怖片
elvies flicks, government hygiene films,
猫王主演电影 政府卫生宣传片
A片
海滩派对音乐剧
So basically all of the good stuff.
基本上就是这些类型
The Room is more specifically referred to as a “trash film,”
电影《房间》还被特指为“烂片”
a genre of films that are are low-budget amateurishily produced
这种类型的电影 成本低 制作业余
and don’t fit into the standards of mainstread filmmaking it
并且不符合主流电影制作标准
It may seem like only people with bad taste would like movies
看似只有品味很烂的观众
that are literally categorized as trash,
才会喜欢这种“垃圾”电影
but studies show that a taste for trash cinema
但研究发现 爱看垃圾电影的人
might actually indicate higher levels of intelligence.
可能智商更高
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical
马克斯普朗克经验美学研究所的研究人员
Aesthetics asked people who regularly watch trash films
对经常看垃圾电影的人们进行问卷调查
about what attracts them to the genre.
罗列他们喜欢看“垃圾电影”的原因
They found that one of the main factors that draws people to trash cinema
他们发现 有的人喜欢看烂片
is its transgressive nature and
主要是因为这种电影不仅剧情大胆
its subversion of the standards of mainstream filmmaking.
还颠覆了主流电影的标准
Which are often the same reasons people are drawn to avant-garde art cinema.
同样 这也是吸引人们观看前卫艺术片的原因
If you look on Amazon the movies that people bought
所以在亚马逊上搜索 可以看到购买《房间》影片的人
in addition to The Room Is a solid mix
也会购买除《房间》以外的其他烂片
between trash classics like Birdemic and Troll 2
例如《群鸟》《矮人怪2》等
and arthouse films like The Holy Mountain and
以及艺术电影《圣山》
Dancer in the Dark.
和《黑暗中的舞者》
One of the other reasons that people are drawn to trash cinema
另一个促使人们观看烂片的原因
is an ironic viewing stance,
源自一种极具讽刺意味的观影态度
which is also called “camp.”
也称作“坎普趣味”
Susan Sontag once wrote that
苏珊·桑塔格曾写下这段话
Camp asserts that good taste is not simply good taste
坎普趣味 不仅包括对美好事物的品鉴
that there exists indeed a good taste of bad taste
还要能在次中选优 沙里淘金
Ironic enjoyment of bad entertainment can be a powerful social tool
反讽趣味也是一种强大的社交方式
that can strengthen bonds between people.
用来加强人际间的关系
Just look at Rebecca Black’s viral sensation “Friday.”
比如丽贝卡·布莱克的网络红曲《星期五》
It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday.
#今天星期五 星期五 星期五去派对#
Despite having almost universally bad reviews,
尽管人人吐槽
this video has a 108 million views and counting.
但该视频却有1.08亿次播放 且数据每天仍在增加
It’s hard to deny that
难以否认的是
many of us like to collectively
我们很多人都喜欢
bask in the warm glow of campy entertainment.
集体围观 吐槽这种坎普风作品
Fun, fun, fun, fun.
# 玩 玩 玩#
Looking forward to the weekend.
#期待着周末#
Fans of cult films like The Room are no different.
《房间》等邪典电影的影迷也不例外
They establish what sociologist Pierre Bourdieu
他们建立了被社会学家皮埃尔·布迪厄
termed “cultural capital,”
称为“文化资本”的概念
which is a form of social currency that
这是一种社交货币形式
dictates one’s position within a group.
它决定了一个人在群体中的地位
People at the screenings who know the most lines by heart
在放映现场 那些对台词烂熟于心
and participate in all the inside jokes are deemed Room veterans.
以及玩梗 调侃电影的人 被称为《房间》骨灰粉
And the screenings are a sight to see.
而且观影现场本身也是一台好戏
The mood ranges from
观众会有各种各样的观影情绪
startling cruelty shocking misogyny
从惊人的残忍 极度仇恨女性
to unbelievable inventiveness
到难以置信的创造力
and real joy
和真正的享受和惬意
People throw plastic spoons,
人们朝屏幕扔塑料勺子
wear costumes,
打扮成电影里的角色
and yell call-and-response lines at the screen.
对着屏幕喊出相应的台词
Go!
上啊!
Go!
上啊!
Go!
上啊!
Go!
上啊!
Go!
上啊!
The fan interaction is similar to other cult classics
这种粉丝互动与邪典电影的经典之作
like Rocky Horror Picture Show.
《洛基恐怖秀》的放映现场一样
The Room, to me, shatters
在我看来 《房间》
the distinction between good and bad.
打破了好与坏之间的界定
Do I think it’s a good movie? No.
我认为它是一部好的影片吗? 不
Do I think it’s a strong movie that moves me
它是否有强大的感染力
on the level that art usually moves me?
像艺术一样 打动我的内心呢?
Absolutely not.
完全没有
But I can’t say it’s bad because it’s so watchable.
但我不能说它完全没有可取之处 因为它有看点
It’s so fun.
趣味十足
It’s brought me so much joy.
给我带来了许多快乐
How can something tha t’s bad do those things for me?
一部不好的影片怎么会给我带来这些呢?
Everyone says, “Oh you have to go
人人都说 首次看《房间》
and see it for the first time with a live audience.”
一定要去影院和其他观众一起看
And I say, “Are you crazy?”
然后我说 你疯了吗
You absolutely do not see it for the first time in a live audience,
第一次看《房间》绝对不要去电影院
Because you can’t hear a single goddamn line,
因为你一句台词也听不到
because everyone shouts and sings and screams over the entire movie.
现场观众会全程都在叫嚷 唱歌 尖叫
You don’t have any idea what’s going on
第一次看的话
in a theatre when you see it for the first time.
在电影院根本没法看懂
You have to see it at home,
第一次看 一定要在家里
preferably alone first or with a very close loved one that
最好是一个人或者和你的亲密的人一起看
you can hold afterwards for reassurance.
看完烂片还能牵着他的手 平复一下心情

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