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02 April 2011 @ 03:04 pm
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Why is it necessary with American remakes of Swedish films? Can't the American audience watch films in another language and setting than American?

I'm just back from the pictures, daugther and her friends have seen that Justin Bieber film. "The best film ever'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" If you ask them, that is. I'm having my doubts though.

Anyway, I saw 'Let me in', remake of a Swedish vampire film, based on the book 'Let the right one in' by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It was the same film as the original, dialogue, setting, scenes, the lot. Why the trouble of making a new version? Same goes for The Girl with the Dragon tattoo. They're even making that one in Stockholm, same places as the Swedish original.

Back to order;  the film was rubbish, just as the original was. But that's not the point. Why the remakes? This bothers me, or maybe irritates is a better fitting word. I still remember what HW did to the brilliant French film Nikita. That! was scary.

Subtexts! Why don't  you have them?
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silkmoth101silkmoth101 on April 2nd, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
Can't the American audience watch films in another language and setting than American?

Nope they can't. And they hate dubbing.
writestufflee on April 2nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
And can't be bothered to read subtitles. I despair at the stupidity of my fellow Americans.
Vesta: trexbiggelois on April 3rd, 2011 10:36 am (UTC)
But why? How hard can it be?
writestufflee on April 3rd, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Truthfully, I think there are several things going on here: 1. If it's a great story and has been successful elsewhere, Hollywood wants to cash in on it. 2. There's some cultural arrogance involved. We invented (commercial) movies; nobody can do it the way we can. 3. The hegemony of English: we think everyone ought to speak it so we don't really pay attention to anything in other languages, therefor there's less money to be made in a foreign film (see #1); 4. Americans think only egghead intellectuals watch foreign films so (see #1). 5. We're just fucking lazy and nobody reads here if they don't have to.
Vesta: sincity2biggelois on April 5th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Those are pretty harsh, all of them. Unfortunately the sametype of thinking is growing here. Only American films, with subtitles, are worth watching. Foreign films are weird. Intellectuals should be hidden. You can tell we're influenced.
writestufflee on April 5th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we only export our finest intellectual product. /sarcasm
Vesta: trexbiggelois on April 3rd, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
Who doesn't hate dubbing? Aside from small children who can't read, that is?
twirlycurlstwirlycurls on April 2nd, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Can't the American audience watch films in another language and setting than American?

Nope. They require their movies to be Hollywood-ized and dumbed-down and cast with actors they've seen in a thousand other movies. And subtitles? Forget it! That would require READING and that's just too close to WORK!

And I wish I were exaggerating.

Edited at 2011-04-02 06:04 pm (UTC)
Vesta: trexbiggelois on April 3rd, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
You're the third saying the same thing. This begins to frigthen me.

"That would require READING and that's just too close to WORK!"
Jesus Christ! Is time off equal with being brainless?
inyadreems on April 2nd, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
I read just yesterday that they're remaking the Danish TV series "The Killing", shown her with subtitles, because it would never get shown in the US in the original language. Why?
Vesta: trexbiggelois on April 3rd, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
They've already made a new version of our cop show Wallander. With Kenneth Branagh, which should be a reason to actually watch it. I tried and failed. So, so bad. Why, indeed!
softbluebuddysoftbluebuddy on April 3rd, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
It makes me crazy. They have a big video store called Blockbuster here and they used to have a huge section called Sundance/Foreign/Independent films. I used to rent movies from that section every single time I went in. In fact, I'd go straight to that section and sometimes I'd go look at the newer movies, or I'd just leave with my foreign or independent films.

And, then they got rid of the section. They just interspersed all of the foreign and independent films in with all the other movies. You know why? They told me they made more money renting games than foreign/independent films. But it makes it almost impossible to find a hidden gem because you really have to look hard.

I'd call it the 'dumbing down' of America, but we have been dumb for a long time. Now we are just dumber!
Vesta: trexbiggelois on April 3rd, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
Speaking of hidden gems;all we have mainly American action films for rent. I'm afraid that we're heading towards the same as you are, foreign films are scary. You can't understand them! And not one 'real' gangsta to be seen.

lady_drace on April 3rd, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Apparently, Americans don't like foreign films.

Like the Danish "Nattevagten". They HAD to make an American version. Also pretty much word for word. *facepalm*
Vesta: Ewan3biggelois on April 5th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oh dear god! I remember that. I loved the original film. Of course I had to see the remake, but I can blame that on Ewan McGregor. But not even Ewan could save the remake.