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14 July 2011 @ 12:27 pm
Writer's Block: Subtitles please  
What is your favorite foreign film? Do you think there should be an American remake?

I worked for a video store for years, so narrowing this down would be impossible.

I posted this for the second question mostly.

NO, there should NEVER be an American remake. The times that our versions have been fairly decent have been far out-weighed by the times we've completely gutted the damn things. There are so many fine examples of this that I'm not even naming more than one. Point of No Return is my ultimate example of the way we crush awesomeness. America, get over yourselves and learn to read subtitles. Better yet, learn a foreign language so you don't miss some of the best gems in the dialogue that the translator couldn't find a similar phase for. Trust me, it's worth it.
 
 
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glorygirl72glorygirl72 on July 14th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
For me it's a toss up between Spirited Away and Brotherhood of the Wolf, neither of which I think the american film industry is capable of (RE)making. There is just such a sense of both of the cultures that produced these movies in every inch of film. I guess the american aesthetic is just so different from the originals I don't think it would translate? Then again, I thought the remake of Dragon Tattoo would be a hot mess and the trailers for that have blown me away, so what do I know?
Lois: Lois :: Horrorkalalanekent on July 16th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Totally agreed on those two examples [two of my favorites, BTW], but I'm sure Hollywood would try. They would fail miserably but they'd try. Just look at Let The Right One In. *headdesk* Sometimes they just need to leave well enough alone. We tend to 'dumb-down' the story when we translate it. Turns out being a different film entirely.

*grits teeth* Now see, I have an unreal love for the original version of the films, so I'm really not impressed with our version so far. And I wish I was happy with our version of Lisbeth. Dear God, give me Noomi every day of the week. EVERY day of the week.
glorygirl72glorygirl72 on July 17th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
I just pray that who ever owns the rights to those two films holds on tight with a freaking death grip.

As for Dragon Tattoo, I am also worried about the potential for suck and yet I have my own deep and unholy love of Fincher and the movie Seven (For serious, I did my final report on it in my English 101 class about a bazillion yrs ago) and so hold out hopes for the remake to be as dark and twisted as that hunk of my youth. And? Christopher Plummer’s play the old Swedish guy! Which was my head cannon and I seriously heart him big time, so I have thus been doomed to get my hopes up only to have them (probably) cruelly smashed. My life, it is filled with the tragic!

And as for Let the Right One In? Yeah, there is no way an American film maker could ever capture that movie. Between the pedo and the fact that the vampire is outside of the hetero normative wheel box, there is just no way they could get it right. Mind you I was way in love with the book and I felt like even the original movie still missed the mark a bit, so there was no way to win with me on that one. Damn my love of Lit and insistence on it's inherent awesome!
maaike_fluffy on July 14th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Ooh, several! 'Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain' is one... 'As it is in heaven' is another. And I hope Hollywood won't touch 'The girl with the dragon tattoo' either, although that last one doesn't quite rank among my favorites...

I've never seen 'Point of no return'. Sounds like I should keep it that way...
Lois: Lois :: Caughtkalalanekent on July 16th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
OMFG, do you have ANY idea how mad I was when I found out that we had sunk our claws into the Millennium Trilogy? GAAAH! *LOIS SMASH* I just hate that we seem to have to crap on all of the originals because someone's to lazy to read. You want to see the original, but can't understand the language? GET A SUBTITLED VERSION! Don't compromise the quality by just remaking it!

And, who knows? You might just get a lesson in the actual culture the film is from. You might just learn something about how another country does things. Hell, I was SO thrilled when I started watching British films when I was younger and discovered that they had all kinds of different sodas and candies than us! For me, that was awesome! I had never expected. :D

*hides face in shame* You want a fine example of how wrong we do things in remakes? Watch the original Nikita by Luc Besson and then watch our Point of No Return. What an epic way to ruin a good story. God bless the Canadians for doing a remake in the show that didn't further embarrass the North American continent.

Edited at 2011-07-16 07:02 pm (UTC)
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