There was a time when films were only remade for the benefit of a new generation, with different versions standing as hallmarks of their era. But that time has now gone
Nostalgia is a funny thing. These days, we really can’t get away from it. Whether through vintage fashion or tinted Instagram photos, we seem to want to live continually in the past. Which is perhaps one reason why The Artist, which comes out on DVD today, was such a surprise hit last year. A love letter to silent cinema, it triumphed at the Oscars with its story of George Valentin, a silent movie actor who struggles with the arrival of the talkies.
In a world consisting of a startling number of A-list actors, an unknown and highly contagious virus takes hold around the world. As scientists search for a cure to the epidemic, panic spreads. Torn between believing the politicians and the blogosphere, people loot shops, stockpile food and flee infected cities.
The upcoming release of Never Let Me Go, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s widely acclaimed novel, will doubtless prompt a familiar anxiety in cinema audiences. Palms will sweat over plot deviation, expletives will be uttered about the casting of Keira Knightley. The fear that a film will butcher a beloved book is so widespread that you [...]
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