Dead Ringers: The Remake in Theory and Practice

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Jennifer Forrest, Leonard R. Koos
SUNY Press, 2002 - Performing Arts - 369 pages
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While the popular press has criticized movie remakes as signs of Hollywood’s collective lack of imagination, the essays in Dead Ringers reveal the centrality and staying power of remakes as a formative genre in filmmaking. The contributors show that the practice of remaking films dates back to the origins of cinema and the evolution of film markets. In fact, remakes were never so prevalent as during the Classic Hollywood period, when filmmaking had achieved its greatest degree of industrialization, and they continue to play a crucial role in the development of film genres generally. Offering a variety of historical, commercial, theoretical, and cultural perspectives on the remake, Dead Ringers is a valuable resource for students of film history and theory, as well as those interested in the cultural politics of the late twentieth century.

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Reviewing Remakes An Introduction
TwiceTold Tales Disavowal and the Rhetoric of the Remake
Economy and Aesthetics in American Remakes of French Films
The Personal Touch The Original the Remake and the Dupe in Early Cinema
Sound Strategies Langs Rearticulation of Renoir
The Raven and the Nanny The Remake as Crosscultural Encounter
Sadie Thompson Redux Postwar Reintegration of the Wartime Wayward Woman
Hiring Practices SimenonDuvivierLeconte
Three Takes On Motherhood Masculinity and Marriage Serreaus Trois Hommes et un couffin Nimoys Remake and Ardolinos Sequel
Pretty Woman with a Gun La Femme Nikita and the Textual Politics of The Remake
Remaking Le Voile bleu An Interview with Norman Corwin Screenwriter for The Blue Veil
Norman Corwin Letter to Jerry Wald
List of Contributors
Film Title Index
Name and Subject Index

Twice Two The Fly and Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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About the author (2002)

Jennifer Forrest is Associate Professor of French at Southwest Texas State University.

Leonard R. Koos is Associate Professor of French at Mary Washington College.