Top 5 Hollywood Movies Based on Foreign Films
There's a sort ogreish pride that we sometimes get over the fact that we come from the land of Hollywood. To a certain extent, we should be proud - cinema may have been born in France, but there's no arguing that it spent a healthy dose of its formative years in sunny California. American cinema had had a gargantuan influence on the world of film at large, there's no question about that. But, that doesn't that it's the only influence worth studying. And, furthermore, it doesn't mean that American film hasn't been equally influenced by films from around the world.
(Terry Gilliam, 1995)
Based on La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962)
(Martin Scorsese, 2006)
Based on Infernal Affairs (Andrew Lau & Alan Mak, 2002)
The Magnificent Seven
(John Sturges, 1960)
Based on Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
Cowboys and samurai may come from opposite ends of the earth, but many of the principles that we associate with the mythic cowboy - honor, duty, grit - are the same ideals that the samurai strove for in the days of feudal Japan. It's no wonder that John Sturges saw in Seven Samurai an opportunity for a great western, replete with action and drama as a ragtag group of gunfighters team up to defend a small village. This remake takes all the right things from its original inspiration - an amazing ensemble cast, a healthy dose of gunfighting (in place of katana duels), and the American debut of the now-classic assembling-the-team-for-a-mission narrative.
(Mike Nichols, 1996)
Based on La Cage Aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, 1978)
Scent of a Woman
(Martin Brest, 1992)
Based on Profumo di Donna (Dino Risi, 1974)Scent of a Woman remains easily one of Al Pacino' most well-remembered (and poorly-imitated) acting roles - and his counterpart in 1974' Profumo di Donna is not bad for a laugh, either. This coming-of-age comedy about a young man in prep school with a moral dilemma and an blind, cranky vet at the end of his days remains a classic. In part this is because of the fantastic dialogue between Pacino and Chris O'Donnell, expertly delivered by the two actors and expertly scripted by celebrated writer Bo Goldman. But Brest's direction takes what could have been an old, tired plot and breathes a new, zesty life into it. He knows which moments should be intimate and where the camera should in turn be standoffish. Scent of a Woman could have suffered the pitfalls of its genre, but remains an unlikely classic. Of course, any time you do an outdoor movie, you're doing more than watching. You're having an experience. So, go for broke. Make the inflatable screen the thing that always heralds a good time. Call your friends. Lay out the snack trays. Silence your phones. Take the time to truly enjoy your cinema under the stars.