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  1. Here's one remake that I think is better: The Man Who Knew Too Much. Of course Hitchcock did the original too.

     

    Here's a remake that I dislike, perhaps because I like the original so much: Sabrina.

     

    I saw Norman Jewison on his book tour recently, and I asked him about the remakes done of two of his movies, and he said something to the effect of "I'm not even gone yet, and they're remaking my movies!"

     

    Everybody's seen the original Rollerball, which is really an interesting movie. I haven't seen the remake, and may not ever, simply because it looks to be so bad. But the remake of Thomas Crown Affair had some merit, although it was still inherently flawed. See the remake, and then see the original. The remake has better production values, but the original just makes more sense as a character study.

     

    I don't know sometimes if the makers of remakes are a cynical lot, simply trying to cash in on a good thing, or if they are motivated by a desire to make improvements.

  2. In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

     

    Harry Lime in The Third Man

  3. You know, I can't quite wrap my brain around the basic premise. There have been so many good ones mentioned on this list - how could I possibly pick one for all eternity? Anyway, right now, I have a hankering for "Sabrina". Thank goodness it's coming on in a couple of days or so.

  4. Scarlett, I quite agree. Except that I love musicals. But Philadelphia Story definitely beats High Society, Shop Around The Corner beats Old Summertime, and ... Ninotchka beats Silk Stockings. I love Astaire's dancing, and Bing's crooning, especially in those Christmas movies. And Judy Garland, what a voice. All three can do "light" comedy, but not "serious" comedy, like Grant, Hepburn, and Stewart can. Pay attention too to Fellix Bressart, who supports in both Shop and Ninotchka.

     

    I have roots in the Philadelphia area, and I really like the Main Line and Quaker feel (what is thee wish?). Oh yeah, I think Virginia Weidler is great as the kid sister.

     

    The only example of "Musical Remake beats Original Comedy" that I can think of would have to be Hello Dolly versus The Matchmaker.

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