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Miércoles, 8 de marzo de 2006 - 15:51 GMT
¿Película de Clooney censurada?
George Clooney en la película 'Syriana'
Syriana puede ser prohibida en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos.

The film which won George Clooney an Oscar may be banned in one of the countries where it was shot because of political sensitivities. Syriana was partly filmed in the United Arab Emirates. The authorities there are still deciding whether the film, which is a political thriller, will be shown.

Julia Wheeler reports:

When George Clooney came to town to start in the first major Hollywood film to be shot here, he caused a stir. Dubai's film crews, make-up artists and would-be actors thought of LA and clamoured to work on the production in any small capacity.

Meanwhile hordes of Clooney fans clamoured to catch a glimpse of him in the bars or restaurants of smart hotels. The film he came to make, Syriana, cast Clooney as a CIA agent in the Middle East. It's set against a backdrop of intrigue within the oil industry.

Before permission was given for filming at all, the script had to be approved by the Dubai authorities. But now it seems the finished version may not be shown in cinemas in the UAE. Most films are approved or banned straight after they're watched by the censors. But according to its would-be distributor, responsibility for Syriana was passed from the Dubai censors to those in the capital Abu Dhabi, and they've been considering the film for three weeks.

It's not clear exactly which part of the film is causing concern, but general political sensitivity within a volatile region seems likely. Whatever the issue, pirated DVD copies are being distributed, so those who worked on the film and Clooney's fans have at least some chance of seeing the Oscar-winning star and his film.

Julia Wheeler, BBC, Dubai

a stir
causar conmoción, en este caso, cuando el actor George Clooney llegó a Dubai para el rodaje de la película, causó una ola de conmoción

clamoured
pedir, reclamar algo. En la noticia, profesionales de la industria cinematográfica local reclamaban el derecho de trabajar en la película Syriana

capacity
capacidad

hordes
multitudes

to catch a glimpse of
alcanzar a ver algo o alguien, en este caso, a George Clooney

a backdrop of intrigue
con un fondo de intriga, aquí se refiere a la trama de la película Syriana

censors
censores, los que se encargan de censurar una película

a volatile region
una región volátil, inestable

pirated
una versión pirata o ilegal de la película



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