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The narration is stilted, better suited for the dime novels of the Nineteenth Century.
In the traditional style of circus performers, Sloan could vary his act, and his stilted rides on a seven-foot bicycle tingled the nerves of all those watching.
Deborah Gangloff: The corridors of American schools are lined with pale pine stilted trophy cases gathering dust.
The translation itself is accurate, if rather stilted and overly literal (though this does reflect the stilted and overly literary style of the original); but this remains essentially a partisan polemic in a rather vitriolic academic controversy.
OK, that plotline may not actually be a cliche, but it's presented in such a stilted and boring manner in the Portuguese film O Fantasma that it might as well be one.