This week’s question: great remakes. What’s your favorite remake of a non-Hollywood film?
Anthony Mighella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley mystery novels and a remake of René Clément’s 1960 thriller Purple Noon, features one of Matt Damon’s best performances as a con man working his way through high society in a beautiful seaside town in Italy. And adapting Chris Marker’s photo-essay sci-fi film La Jetée, Terry Gilliam brings his trademark visual imagination to Twelve Monkeys.
Here is what our host Richard Peña thinks, “There’s Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street, a remarkable remake of Jean Renoir’s La Chienne. And how about A Fistful of Dollars, Sergio Leonne’s spaghetti western version of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo.”