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Milk An Audience - Make The Same Film Twice,
This review is from: Funny Games [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)The Remake Machine - unstoppable, fearless, without shame. Hollywood and it's ilk don't care about remaking a movie to improve / expound upon it's original premise, as once was the case (even DePalma's "Scarface" was a revelation in some ways). Nowadays, it's all about the all-conquering, devalued dollar. Rob Zombie to remake Carpenter's "Halloween"? No problem! The man looks a bit creepy and made some rubbish of his own anyway. "RoboCop"? Ha, Verhoeven's movie wasn't definitive at all, he didn't have his eye on the Balance Sheet (the fool!). It's the celluloid apocalypse, and we're all invited with our vastly-inflated ticket prices.
But here's a new twist on this tale : A much-acclaimed European director remakes his own movie for an American "No Subtitles" audience. Not so odd at first glance, it's been done before. But here's the plug : make it EXACTLY the same - every shot, every angle, every line of dialogue, everything. Hence, if you've seen the original Austrian version, you don't need to view this in any way, shape or form (unless you're a big fan of Naomi Watts or Tim Roth I suppose). Go and watch something new instead, or Haneke's "Cache".
Oh, one redeeming feature - Any director who includes Naked City's "Bonehead" in a mise-en-scene is a genius in my book. So, "Funny Games US" then - It's not for everyone, only Americans.