I am a huge fan of Breaking Bad and I am currently watching season -3. One thing that I have noticed is that there are several scenes where characters talk in Spanish and some of these scenes are quite important for following the story, but they never show language translations or subtitles. Why is it that? What is the reason for not translating the Spanish dialogues for the viewers.
It's a deliberate directorial device. We're experiencing the world through Walt and Jessie's eyes, so it allows us to appreciate their confusion, suspicion and fear through the powerlessness they feel when events are unfolding around them - with little understanding and consequent lack of control. We're left to interpret the body language (of which 70% of communication arises) and the odd words that are similar in both languages. Just as we would in the same situation. shudder
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