April: Remakes and Originals
Remakes have a long history in cinema, and are made for many reasons: money, art, love. Karen and Paul present two films where we prefer the remake; two others where we prefer the originals. You can decide if you agree.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015, remake) We think Thomas Hardy's story makes more sense than in the 1967 version – in Victorian England, an independent and headstrong heiress attracts three very different suitors: a sheep farmer, a reckless Sergeant, and a prosperous and mature bachelor. 119 min. Rated PG-13.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, original) From Argentina, with soap idol Ricardo Darín. A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his past unrequited love for his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. The 2015 American remake had a stellar cast but not stellar directing. 129min. Rated R. In Spanish, with subtitles.
The Beguiled (2017, remake) The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal. The original (1971) was edgier, but we prefer this one. 93 min. Rated R.
The Entertainer (1960, original) with Laurence Oliver, most recently redone by Kenneth Branagh in 2016, but we prefer the original. Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat schemes to stay in show business. 96 min. Rated approx. PG.