Sunday, August 2, 2015

Haven't we seen this movie before: Should Hollywood remake foreign flicks?

Looking ahead to the December release of David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the Hollywood remake of the crackling Swedish film, and first installment of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, readers grumble, "Why remake a perfectly fine film?" Here are some answers.

Haven't we seen this movie before: Should Hollywood remake foreign flicks?

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Rooney Mara as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in the David Fincher remake.
Rooney Mara as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in the David Fincher remake.

Looking ahead to the December release of David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the Hollywood remake of the cracking Swedish film, first installment of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, readers grumble, "Why remake a perfectly fine film for the American market?

Here are some answers.

The Magnificent Seven (remake of The Seven Samurai)

Some Like it Hot (remake of the 1935 Belgian film Fanfare of Love)

Twelve Monkeys (remake of the Chris Marker short, La Jetee)

The Departed (remake of the Hong Kong policier Infernal Affairs)

Fever Pitch (Red Sox fanatic remake of the one about an Arsenal soccer obsessive)

Admittedly, these remakes translated the originals into new contexts, while The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will remain faithful to the setting and spirit of the original. But you get my drift.

Your thoughts?

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