Subtitles as visual art

Subtitles in foreign language films don’t have to be visually boring, uninspiring, or ugly. But too often, that’s exactly what they are. Legible, maybe, but still visually dull and lifeless. Standard subs are rarely well integrated into a film’s visual aesthetic. Alice Rawsthorn (2007) puts it bluntly in her critique of the standard subtitle: Subtitles […]