In a listening of my English course book there is this sentence: "It was the freshest movie for a long time". A film critic is talking about the best movies in the last ten years. For example: For me American Beauty was the best film in the last ten years" etc, then she talks about movie "Chicago", which is a musical and says:
It was the freshest movie for a long time.
Me and a friend disagree on what "for a long time" means here. I believe that the critic is saying that Chicago was fresh after a long period in which there has been no fresh musicals and Chicago still is the freshest musical.
My friend says that the critic is saying that when Chicago came out it was freshest at its time. But after a long time a more fresh musical came. So it was the freshest for a long time (along the lines of it was the highest building for 10 years)
Which one of us (if any) is right?
The Listening is from Total English Elementary, Unit 9, listening 9.4 Here I write some of the script. Presenter: Good evening. Tonight we've got Mariela with us to talk about her favourite films from the last ten years. Mariela, what do you think is the best film of the last ten years?
Mariela:Hello, Neil, well, there's no competition for me. I know a lot of people think it was Gladiator, but for me the best film in the last ten years was American Beauty-it was so different, very clever, and it had the best acting, I think. It was the most unusual film in the last ten years.
Presenter: So, no vote for Gladiator from you?
Mariela: Oh, I think Gladiator was really good. It was definitely the most exciting film, but it's not my favourite.
Presenter: Were there any surprises for you in the last ten years?
Mariela: Surprises... well, yes. I think the biggest surprise was The Sixth Sense - it was a fantastic film from an unknown director. No one expected it. I think it's also the scariest film in the last ten years.
Presenter: What about foreign language films? Any good ones there?
Mariela: Well, lots, of course, but the one that iI think was best was All about my mother, by Almodovar. It was a lovely film. Very sad, but the most interesting foreign language film of the ten years.
Presenter: Mmm, I liked that one too. You don't like violent films, do you?
Mariela: No, I don't. but there's one violent film that I want to talk about - Pulp Fiction. That was very violent, possibly the most violent film of th ten years, but it was so good - it was definitely the best mixture of action and comedy at the time. And John Travolta was really fantastic as a villain - it's not usually the kind of past he plays, but he played the bad guy so well in this.
Presenter: Well, i think that's all we have time for...
Mariela: No, wait a moment, there's one more film I want to mention, and that's Chicago. I don't usually like musicals at the cinema, but >>>it was the freshest musical for a long time<<< - it was really good.
Presenter: Ok. Thank you very much, Mariela, and now we turn to .....