Introduction Remaking Film

This book provides a broad introduction to some of the issues and concerns arising from the concept of film remaking. Although the cinema has been repeating and replaying its own narratives and genres from its very beginnings, film remaking has received little critical attention in the field of cinema studies. What is film remaking Which films are remakes of other films How does film remaking differ from other types of repetition, such as quotation, allusion and adaptation What is the...

Preface

I see an endless film with sequences signed by various authors in a complex game of quotations, influences, remakes, variations and references. Bernardo Bertolucci, in Ungari, 1987 This book seeks to provide a broad and systematic approach to the phenomenon of cinematic remaking. Drawing upon recent theories of genre and intertextuality, Film Remakes describes remaking as both an elastic concept and a complex situation, one enabled and limited by the interrelated roles and practices of...

Remaking as industrial category

As in some approaches to film genre, remakes can be understood as industrial products, located in 'the material conditions of commercial filmmaking, where plots are copied and formulas forever reiterated'.16 For film producers, remakes are consistently thought to provide suitable models, and something of a financial guarantee, for the development of studio-based projects. In a commercial context, remakes are 'pre-sold' to their audience because viewers are assumed to have some prior experience,...

Remaking as textual category

While the above factors contribute to an understanding of film remaking, the concept of the remake is never simply reducible to issues of industry and commerce or matters of influence and authorship. A second, general and related approach suggests that remakes are located in texts or structures that are produced in accordance with the narrative invention of former film models.72 At its most contracted, a textual approach leads to accounts of remaking which attempt to reduce all narrative...

Remaking as critical category

The above comments suggest that remakes do not consist simply of bodies of films but, like genres, are located too in 'expectations and audience knowledge'125 and in 'the institutions that govern and support specific reading strategies'.126 The concept of intertextuality needs, for instance, to be related to the ever-expanding availability of texts and technologies, the tendency of contemporary Hollywood film makers to combine the commercial necessity of generic patterns of repetition with more...

Notes

Mazdon, Encore Hollywood, p. 2. 2. Grindstaff, 'A Pygmalion Tale Retold', p. 134. 3. Horton and McDougal, Play It Again, Sam, p. 3. 5. Wills, 'The French Remark', p. 148. 7. Whelehan, 'Adaptations', p. 3. 8. Neale, 'Questions of Genre', p. 51. 9. Altman, Film Genre, pp. 83-4. 12. Frow, Marxism and Literary History, and 'Intertextuality and Ontology'. 13. Stern, The Scorsese Connection, and ''Emma in Los Angeles'. 14. See online reviews of Play It Again, Sam by Frow and Stern in Screening the...