VOA一分钟英语:I'm ready for my close-up
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    I'm ready for my close-up:我准备好拍摄我的特写镜头了
    Welcome to English @ the Movies -- American Classics
    where we teach you American English heard at the movies.
    The 1950 movie "Sunset Boulevard" takes place in Hollywood, California.
    Norma Desmond is an aging and forgotten silent film star.
    Her ex-husband works for her and plays along with her belief that she is still famous.
    Police officers and news photographers come to her house on Sunset Boulevard after she murders a young man she hired to help her write a movie.
    Listen for the line "I'm ready for my close-up."
    There's nothing else, just us.
    And the cameras and those wonderful people out there in the dark.
    All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.
    What do you think "I'm ready for my close-up" means?
    Is it: this is not real, or I think that I am an important person?
    All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.
    "I'm ready for my close-up" is a way of saying, "I think that I am an important person."
    In movies, major characters are often filmed close-up as a way of explaining their importance.
    Norma fools herself into thinking the news photographers are there to film a movie.
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