Episode 35: All rights reserved

Veröffentlicht am von Christopher Tauber am 27. Oktober, 2014

Isn’t this the way most stories turn out in the end?

Regarding the punchline: Of course we’re übersceptical about remakes. On the other hand we actually believe that remakes are as old as the art of storytelling itself. Or do you think that blind dude Homer really came up with both the Odyssey and the Iliad all by himself? He didn’t really have to be able to read to do that anyway, for in those days everyone was just singing their stories…

Now here’s another thought on remakes, especially considering the U.S. and asian exchange of plots or stories, which is just about to happen once more only the other way around with the japanese remake of Unforgiven in the making. As everyone of you is aware, your favorite western ensemble movie The Magnificient Seven ist a remake of Akira Kurosawas classic The Seven Samurai. One of the other movies western filmmakers were drawn to remake from that great japanese filmmaker was Yojimbo, which first got remade into For A Fistfull of Dollars and the into some more movies and finally and also officially into Last Man Standing…. which is way closer to the book Kurosawa took his inspiration from, Dashiell Hammett’s The Glass Key or was it Red Harvest? The experts agree to disagree and we think it’s just not worth your time and emotions to think about whose idea it was in the first place. Just relax and watch the movie and consider for yourself, whether you liked it or not. Maybe you come up with an idea based on what you just saw? Cause that’s actually the way it works… don’t you think?

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