Saturday, July 31, 2010

America Remakes French Films

It took me awhile to figure out that "Dinner for Schmucks," a new movie starring Steve Carrel and Paul Rudd, was more than just a summer comedy with an unappealing promotional poster.  It's also a remake of a very famous French flim called "Le dîner de cons."  In fact, haven't a fair number of French films been remade in America?  A few that quickly came to mind were:

Mon père, ce héros - My Father the Hero

La cage aux folles - Birdcage

Trois hommes et un couffin - Three Men and a Baby

A Google search turned up an article that better outlines this Franco-American cinematic phenomenon, lists numerous French films that have been remade in the States, and includes video clips.  Anything missing from the list?


Karen said...

La Femme Nikita is the first one to come to mind. The only French movie remade in the states that I liked better than the original was Diabolique.

FrenchTwistDC said...

I can add a couple to the list:
La Cage Aux Folles > the bircage
La Totale > True Lies
Un Indien dans la ville > Jungle to Jungle
(actually just noticed that a scene from True Lies was filmed just across the street from where I live in DC)

FrenchTwistDC said...

Oops, you already had the birdcage on the list ;-)but in the meantime, I did think of one more:
Le Retour de Martin Guerre > Sommersby (I actually liked the version with Richard Gere)