Can Americans master foreign languages like English? Animated GIF

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Here is one of the cuter intertitles from the recently-rediscovered John Ford film, Upstream. An American actor delivers a smashing bit of Hamlet, much to the delight of the London audience.

Of course, your interpretation of the joke depends on whether you consider the speaker of this title card to be American or English. Either way, though, it’s pretty funny.