Wandering Through The Shelves, it is all about movies that were adapted from movies of a different language. In other words, Hollywood ripped off other countries to make the same movie, bring in huge box office and they don't have to think too hard...typical:)
I am being a bit mean but that's OK Hollywood can take it. In the 3 I have picked, I feel the original films are better than the remakes but that doesn't mean the remakes are bad, in fact, a couple of them are quite good in their own right. so here are my picks. I will place the original film first followed by the remake.
1. THE SEVEN SAMURAI (JAPAN)-1954 REMAKE-THE MAGNIFICENT 7-1960
I might have talked about this before but, to be honest, I have not seen a lot of the original foreign films so I am still going with this pick:) To say the Seven Samurai is a film classic is like saying The Beatles are an OK band. The original is a true masterpiece and should be seen. I greatly enjoy watching The Magnificent 7 because of the camaraderie of all the cast. Each have a special talent and they all go in to save a village. The music is one of the best ever!
2. LES DIABOLIQUES(FRENCH)-1955 REMAKE-DIABOLIQUE-1996
I love the original French film because it leaves you guessing. The remake is ok but even the poster gives something away which it shouldn't. Hell, even the casting in the remake, gives it away. The original film is excellent and I was glad to see it again, last year. This is one head tripping film and worth seeing especially the original. It takes place at a boarding school run by a husband and wife team with the wife being a teacher ruled over by her brutish husband. Another teacher, is having an affair with the husband but feels sympathy for the man's wife. It starts from there and then draws you in.
3. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES(FRENCH/ITALIAN)-1978 -REMAKE-THE BIRDCAGE-1996
I laughed so much when I saw The Birdcage and this brought Nathan Lane to the regular audiences instead of just knowing him on Broadway. I watched La Cage after I saw the film and I laughed even more. Actually, I saw the musical in Toronto with Gene Rayburn(Match Game fame) before either movie and loved it! An endearing gay couple own a nightclub where the one runs the club and his partner is the star attraction. They raised the one man's son and now their son is engaged to a wonderful girl whose parents just happen to be very god-fearing conservative people. Her father is high up in government. The original film is a true gem and became a bonafide hit in the States and was up for Oscars. The remake was a huge hit as well and is very, very funny. If you need a laugh, watch these 2 films.
What film would you choose?