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(was only kidding)
Fitzcarraldo is certainly a classic. I bet you like Aguirre too ?
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Yes and also Cobra Verde...all with the music of Popol Vuh. The bit where he walks into the square in Cobra Verde with the backing of Popol Vuh is goosebump world for me. (Sorrry we hijacked a thread )
Yes but in a foreign language.
'Day the Earth Stood Still' remake was total rubbish with a capital 'C'.
Ocean's Eleven was a pretty good remake
Assault on Precinct 13 was OK, but didn't have the scariness of the original
Jury's also still out on The Italian Job. The new one would have been OK on its own, but the original is too much of a classic to be able to remake it better.
Then of course you have the three films with John Wayne, all directed by Howard Hawks that are so similar they are effectively remakes: Rio Bravo, El Dorado and Rio Lobo. I like Rio Bravo best as it has Dean Martin as the drunk sheriff (played by Robert Mitchum in El Dorado) and Ricky Nelson as Colorado (James Caan played "Mississippi" in El Dorado).
Think many really hate the movie, but I always had a thing for "breathless", Jim McBride's remake of "a bout de souffle". occasionally it's just awfull, but Gere is actually quite good as the energetic Las Vegas nitwit, the soundtrack is fantastic, and McBride often pulls directional gems out of his hat. Kaprisky acts really awful, yet she and Gere deliver some of the most beautiful erotic/romantic scenes I've seen on screen. Besides, Gere's pants/shirts are hilariously fab.
Soderbergh's Ocean's eleven is extremely entertaining as well and smoooooth as can be. Love the one-liners between Clooney and Pitt ("Ted Nugent called, he wants his shirt back..." ). Nice game for when you watch the film : try to count the scenes in which Pitt is not eating some snack.
The new The Thing film is actually a prequel to Carpenter's film. It's set in the Norwegian camp that is briefly seen in that film. However, the trailer for the new film makes it look so similar to its predecessor that it may seem more like a remake.
Remaking relatively recent films (a new Total Recall is on the way) does seem pretty pointless and audiences seem to feel the same way as few of them do much business at the box office.
Sometimes, they just got it right in vintage films and photographs.
I first saw "La Grande Illusion" about 40 years ago and it was only war film where all the characters spoke in their native languages - French and German with a little English. The editing doesn't have the same finesse that we now take for granted, but it's a real work of art.
I should have added that "La Grande Illusion" was made shortly before WWII.
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