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  • 1. ENGLISH 4 LISTENING OLD STORIES/MOCK EXAM ROBERT REDFORD FROM : EURONEWS, 8.10.2010 Born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, and Martha Hart. His mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school. Charles Robert Redford Jr. was a scrappy kid who stole hubcaps in high school and lost his college baseball scholarship at the University of Colorado because of drunkenness. After studying at the Pratt Institute of Art and living the painter's life in Europe, he studied acting in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. 1 2 Robert Redford …………………   (1   come) a long, long way since the days he …………………   (2 sleep) rough on the French Riviera, as a young man struggling to make it as a painter. 3 4 5 The actor-director, who is 74, is also the founder of the Sundance television channel. He was in Cannes for the MIPCOM audiovisual entertainment fair to promote the international ambitions of the network, which launched outside the United States last year. 6 7 8 After a mis-spent youth, Redford …………………   (3 spend) a year in France when he …………………  (4 be) 18, and the first time he …………………  (5 visit) the Mediterranean resort he …………………  (6 sleep) under the pier opposite the luxurious Carlton Hotel. 9 10 Speaking to Toks Salako of Euronews from the more plush interior, the Oscar winning director revealed why the country holds a special place in his heart. 11 12 13 Toks Salako, euronews: “What  made  you  choose  France  to  launch  the  international  version  of  the  Sundance   channel?” 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Robert Redford: “It  …………………  (7 have) a personal part to it. I really …………………  (8 begin) my career as an artist here, and because when I …………………  (9 be) a kid I …………………  (10 begin) to draw and I …………………  (11 make) to feel that …………………  (12 not be) important so I never …………………  (13 feel) serious about it. But it …………………  (14 be) always something that …………………  (15 make) me comfortable. I …………………  (16 go) through a difficult childhood and …………………  (17 create) trouble and …………………  (18 be) in trouble and so-forth and I …………………  (19 kick out) of school, and that …………………  (20 be) okay with me, because what I really …………………  (21 want) …………………  (22 be) to go another place. I …………………   (23 want) to go to a place that I …………………  (24 feel) …………………  (25 have) some history and …………………  (26 have) a sense of community with some artists, and that …………………   (27 be) France, Paris. PHOTO AND SCRIPT : http://www.euronews.net/2010/10/08/interview-with-robert-redford TEXT IN BOX : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000602/bio 1
  • 2. ENGLISH 4 LISTENING OLD STORIES/MOCK EXAM ROBERT REDFORD FROM : EURONEWS, 8.10.2010 Born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, and Martha Hart. His mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school. Charles Robert Redford Jr. was a scrappy kid who stole hubcaps in high school and lost his college baseball scholarship at the University of Colorado because of drunkenness. After studying at the Pratt Institute of Art and living the painter's life in Europe, he studied acting in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. 1 2 Robert Redford came (1 come) a long, long way since the days he slept (2 sleep) rough on the French Riviera, as a young man struggling to make it as a painter. 3 4 5 The actor-director, who is 74, is also the founder of the Sundance television channel. He was in Cannes for the MIPCOM audiovisual entertainment fair to promote the international ambitions of the network, which launched outside the United States last year. 6 7 8 After a mis-spent youth, Redford spent (3 spend) a year in France when he was (4 be) 18, and the first time he visited (5 visit) the Mediterranean resort he slept (6 sleep) under the pier opposite the luxurious Carlton Hotel. 9 10 Speaking to Toks Salako of Euronews from the more plush interior, the Oscar winning director revealed why the country holds a special place in his heart. 11 12 13 Toks Salako, euronews: “What  made  you  choose  France  to  launch  the  international  version  of  the  Sundance   channel?” 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Robert Redford: “It  had (7 have) a personal part to it. I really began (8 begin) my career as an artist here, and because when I was (9 be) a kid I began (10 begin) to draw and I was made (11 make) to feel that wasn’t (12 not be) important so I never felt (13 feel) serious about it. But it was (14 be) always something that made (15 make) me comfortable. I went (16 go) through a difficult childhood and created (17 create) trouble and was (18 be) in trouble and so-forth and I was kicked (19 kick out) of school, and that was (20 be) okay with me, because what I really wanted (21 want) was (22 be) to go another place. I wanted (23 want) to go to a place that I felt (24 feel) had (25 have) some history and had (26 have) a sense of community with some artists, and that was (27 be) France, Paris. PHOTO AND SCRIPT : http://www.euronews.net/2010/10/08/interview-with-robert-redford TEXT IN BOX : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000602/bio 2
  • 3. ENGLISH 4 LISTENING OLD STORIES/MOCK EXAM Robert Redford has come a long, long way since the days he slept rough on the French Riviera, as a young man struggling to make it as a painter. The actor-director, who is 74, is also the founder of the Sundance television channel. He was in Cannes for the MIPCOM audiovisual entertainment fair to promote the international ambitions of the network, which launched outside the United States last year. After a mis-spent youth, Redford spent a year in France when he was 18, and the first time he visited the Mediterranean resort he slept under the pier opposite the luxurious Carlton Hotel. Speaking to Toks Salako of Euronews from the more plush interior, the Oscar winning director revealed why the country holds a special place in his heart. Toks Salako, euronews: “What  made  you  choose  France  to  launch  the  international  version  of  the  Sundance  channel?” Robert Redford: “It  had  a  personal  part  to  it.  I  really  began  my  career  as  an  artist  here,  and  because  when  I  was  a  kid  I  began to draw and  I  was  made  to  feel  that  wasn’t  important  so  I  never  felt  serious  about  it.  But  it  was  always  something  that  made   me comfortable. I went through a difficult childhood and created trouble and was in trouble and so-forth and I was kicked out of school, and that was okay with me, because what I really wanted was to go another place. I wanted to go to a place that I felt had some history and had a sense of community with some artists, and that was France, Paris. euronews: “You  originally  started the Sundance Festival back in the 1980s as a way of giving something back to the industry which  has  been  so  good  to  you.  What  were  your  reasons  for  starting  the  TV  channel?” Robert Redford: “The  TV  channel?  The  TV  channel  came  out  of  two  other  steps  that began with what I call the Sundance Labs. In 1980, I was fortunate enough to have had some success in film and I was at a junction in my life where I could either just continue  making  the  films  like  the  ones  I’d  been  making  or  take  a  pause  and  think  about maybe putting something back that would be of value to the industry that had been so good to me. Because I think my nature has always been to be more independent, I was going to try and create something that would carry that forward and maybe bring some value to the industry. The concept is to create new opportunities for new artists, to have a place to develop and grow,  and  the  result  of  that  will,  hopefully,  create  new  audiences  for  those  artists.  And  if  you  do  that  you’re  helping   create a new category, that  can  only  help  the  business.  I  mean,  let’s  look  at  it  in  the  general  way.” euronews: “How  do  you  think  your  experiences  can  inspire  young  filmakers  today?” Robert Redford: “Well,  I  think  probably  my  experience,  I  think  through  independence.  I’ve  been  pretty independent my whole life and that’s  just  the  way  it  is…and  I’ve  wanted  to  remain  independent,  but  not  so  independent  that  you’re  outisde  the   world.  Because,  finally,  you’re  in  a  business  where  whatever  you  do  you  have  to  entertain.  That’s  the  fundamental job you have to do, you have to entertain. But can you entertain in a different way? Can you entertain that is different enough  where  people  haven’t  seen  something  before,  you  bring  a  new  approach  or  a  new  inspiration?  So  I  guess  the   best thing I can offer  would  be  an  example  of  my  own  work  and  my  own  life,  creating  Sundance.  Beyond  that  I  don’t   know  what  else  I  could  offer  other  than  example.  Look,  independence  is  not  going  to  be  for  everybody.  It’s  a  very   difficult  role  to  play  in  a  world  that’s  controlled by corporations. Corportations have a very strong formula for money in return on their investment and all that. So, sometimes experimentation or independence is seen in a negative way. It’s  seen  as  too  risky,  so  therefore  you’re  going  to  have  a  struggle.”   euronews: “Are  you  still  actively  involved  in  mentoring  young  filmakers  now?” Robert Redford: “Oh  yeah.  The  whole  point  of  everything  we  start  in  this  lab  programme  is  about  development.  So  development  is  still   in place and now more and more film makers have come through our labs. Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, Wes Anderson,  PT  Anderson,  some  of  the  actors  who  are  here  today,  Elizabeth  Moss,  Jon  Hamm.  They’re  all  people  who   came through our lab at one point or another, either as actors, new directors or new writers, so it gives me great pleasure  to  see  these  people  have  gone  on  and  benefited  from  our  process  to  enter  the  mainstream.  But  they’re  also   very  independent.”   euronews: “So  do  you  see  yourself  now  as  an  artist  or  a  businessman?” Robert Redford: “Not  a  businessman.  Not  a  businessman.  It’s  like  the  word  brand.  When  someone  says  “Boy,  you  have  a  great  brand,”   it  made  me  nervous.  It  makes  me  uncomfortable;  because  for  me  the  word  “brand”  was  what  you  stamp  on  cattle,   3
  • 4. ENGLISH 4 LISTENING OLD STORIES/MOCK EXAM and  I  didn’t  respond  to  that  word,  you  know  I  didn’t  think  of  that.  I  understand  it,  but  it  felt  strange  to  me  to  hear  that   word. Business has always been not the most comfortable for me because I think more as an artist. So I will continue to be the artist and trust that the people  I’m  in  association  with  are  good  business  people.” Copyright © 2010 euronews 4

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