I am a native French speaker, because I was born in a French speaking country. I lived in this country till I was fourteen. I used to think in French, and translated my thoughts in English for many years. I am still fluent in French like my siblings, but I am no Francophile. My parents came from former British colonies. They were English speakers who lived in a French speaking country. They spoke English at home to each other, but spoke French at work. I learned English by actually listening to them while growing up. Their dialect of English was closer to the Queen’s English than American English. I basically learned something closer to Queen’s English than American English. However, I was still not as fluent in the English language until I moved to the US.
I consider myself an Anglophile because I can’t recall a time in my life when I was indifferent to things coming from England. As a child I grew up watching Benny Hill skits on the Benny Hill Show. It was my encounter with British comedy. I would laugh out loud at all his antics. His humor was subtle and sharp, but it did not require to use crude and vulgar language to get across. Here is an example.
After I moved to the US. I encounter the show “In Living Color”. Sure it was a family affair by the Wayans siblings, but it was fun to watch. In high school, I watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail and my love for English comedy reawakened again. I was still a James Bond fan, but it was not as comedic as John Cleese and Terry Gilliam. It was a slapstick comedy. Anyway, I still enjoy English comedy, and it leads me to Peter Sellers. Peter Sellers was a British comedian whose brand of humor was dry. Peter Sellers starred in the Pink Panther and it was a laugh out loud fest. As a Formula one fan, I am quite the Anglophile. Every formula one driver is fluent in the English language. The United Kingdom has produced the most champions in the series. Most of the teams have their factories in England with the exceptions of Ferrari, Sauber, Scuderia Toro Rosso, and Haas formula one team. I am digressing, as an Anglophile I tend to enjoy certain type of directors. Many years ago, I saw this crime comedy (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). This movie became Guy Ritchie’s calling card. The follow up to Lock Stock and Two smoking barrels was even better. The follow up was Snatch. Snatch showed the underbelly of London. Alan Ford plays a very credible gangster in Snatch. As he recounts in the interview below.
I could go into more details of my Anglophilia, but we will never hear the end of it. I am a big Chelsea fan. I love watching films that have imprints of the Nolan family. I am enamored with the cockney accents. Anyway, this is my bit about everything British.