What’s your favorite remake of a non-Hollywood film?

November 8, 2019 | Katelin Levy

Scarlet Street (1945)

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.”

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