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Foreign films & their American remakes
Topic by: kolohe61
Posted: April 29, 2004 - 11:17 PM PDT
Last Reply: November 17, 2008 - 10:43 AM PST

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oldkingcole
post #21  on June 13, 2004 - 8:38 PM PDT  
The Return of Martin Guerre/Sommersby -- I actually prefer Sommersby

Pennies from Heaven (the original British TV miniseries) / Pennies from Heaven (the Steve Martin Hollywood version) -- I vastly prefer the original TV miniseries. I just found out about 30 minutes ago that the original version is scheduled for a 3-disc DVD release on July 27th, 2004!

I prefered the remake of Insomnia.
kaream
post #22  on November 15, 2008 - 11:39 PM PST  
In a post to the new thread 'Let the Right One In',

> On November 14, 2008 - 10:39 AM PST weezy wrote:
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> Bloody Disgusting revealed Cloverfield director Matt Reeves will be directing the remake. This article has some interesting quotes from Swedish Director Thomas Alfredson.
>
> Why so soon?! More people need to see this wonderful film before diving into an American version.
> ---------------------------------

"before diving into an American version"?? What is it with remakes? I don't know this movie, but I can't think of a single US remake, of any movie at all that I'm aware of, that was in any way an improvement over the original foreign language film.

But then I do avoid remakes like the plague. So what might I be missing out on that's worthwhile? What American remakes are not tarted up, not stripped of any subtleties in the original, or that haven't had any extraneous leering references or bare boobs gratuitously tossed in for the sole purpose of titillating the pimple-faced crowd? (The operative words here are 'extraneous' and 'gratuitous' -- bare boobs, and more, are fine so long as they're germane to the telling of the story. It's just Hollywood's sophomoric leering that makes me want to throw up.)
kaream
post #23  on November 16, 2008 - 11:29 AM PST  
> On November 15, 2008 - 11:39 PM PST kaream wrote:
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It's just Hollywood's sophomoric leering that makes me want to throw up.
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Gotta get that 'R' or your BO is dead.
Catullus
post #24  on November 17, 2008 - 10:43 AM PST  
well maybe if every single foreign movie ever made didn't suck Americans wouldn't have to remake them.

I think all foreign movies should be remade even ones from the UK, throw in some ninjas into every remake and you got an instant classic.

Foreign Films remade with American Actors + throw in some ninja scenes = Oscars imo.

Unless the Foreign movie already has ninjas in it... in which case the ninja scenes must be changed to scenes with pirates in it for posterity. If they left the ninja scenes in unchanged, it wouldn't make sense.
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