Remakes get a really bad reputation. It’s not without merit, there are plenty of garbage movies out there that are remakes of vastly superior films (fuck you, Robobcop ). But some famous movies manage to be remakes without people even knowing, whether it’s because the original film was made in another country, based on a short film, or… Well, there are a couple of movies that defy easy classification, but they’re all remakes whether you knew it or not.
Winning three Academy Awards with your second feature-length film is pretty incredible, and that’s what Damien Chazelle (eventual director of
La La Land and First Man) managed to do with his film Whiplash. It’s a show-stopping and brutal film about what it takes to be a “great” musician and how it can destroy your humanity.
And it’s a remake. Kind of.
You see, Whiplash was originally a short film directed by Damien Chazelle. It’s only 18 minutes long, but what’s kind of bizarre about this “original” film is that you might assume that no one famous was involved with the original short film. Bizarrely enough, it has J.K. Simmons as well, playing the exact same character he played in the remake. So basically, Chazelle got to make an entire Academy Award-winning film around his own short film. That’s some damn good luck.
The Birdcage (1996)
The Birdcage is so good. This is one of the high points of Robin Williams’ 1990s run of movie comedies, a hilarious story of a gay drag nightclub owner trying to appear “normal” to his potential future in-laws, which includes a prominent U.S. senator. Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria, and Gene Hackman round out a cast for the ages, and being directed by Mike Nichols (director of The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Postcards from the Edge) doesn’t hurt it either.
So, where did it come from?
La Cage aux Folles (1978)
Considering that premise, maybe it’s not surprising that
The Birdcage is based on a French comedy from the 1970s that practically no one in the U.S. is familiar with. Despite that, the French film was nominated for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (it’s based on a stage play), and Best Costume Design, so maybe there are still some folks out there in the U.S. that know exactly what this is.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The unlikely comedic duo of Michael Caine and Steve Martin is just fucking hilarious, and the movie has more going on underneath the surface than it initially leads on, all heading towards one of the best comedy endings I can think of. Watching these two try to con people is a total blast, and until recently, even I had no idea that it was a remake.
Bedtime Story (1964)
So, the thing about
Bedtime Story is that Marlon Brando essentially plays the Steve Martin part, and David Niven (a classic British comedy actor) plays the Michael Caine part. It’s… Fine. The film lacks the edge of the remake, but it also lacks that incredible ending that the remake has.
Incidentally, they’re remaking this story again in a film called
The Hustle, but with Anne Hathaway in the Michael Caine part and Rebel Wilson in the Steve Martin part.
I’m not super excited about that.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
So, this one is a bit awkward. You see,
A Fistful of Dollars is kind of a remake. It is a remake in the sense that it straight up stole the plot of another movie and got successfully sued by the makers of that original movie for a share of the profits, so begrudgingly, this western classic is a remake (by legal definition, kind of?).
If you dig through film history, there are two indisputable facts that pop up: Filmmakers around the world stole from samurai films, and Italian filmmakers did not give a FUCK about stealing from other movies (the only country with less shame is Turkey, look up “Turkish Star Wars” sometime).
This is because most of the time, the fact the Italians ripped someone off didn’t make it back to the original creator, but in this movie’s case,
A Fistful of Dollars making a shitload of money came back to bite itself in the ass.
Akira Kurosawa, one of the most famous directors in the history of film (his film Seven Samurai is still referenced in other movies to this day), directed Yojimbo, and he was not too pleased about A Fistful of Dollars being a literal cowboy version of his own movie. Not only did he successfully sue Sergio Leone, but he got a share of the film’s profits, so Kurosawa actually made more money off of A Fistful of Dollars than he did off of Yojimbo.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
This is where shit gets… Complicated.
Little Shop of Horrors is a remake and an adaptation at the exact same time. Obviously, Little Shop of Horrors is based on the famous off-Broadway musical of the same name from the 1980s. But where did the musical come from? Well…
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Hoo boy this is a rabbit hole to go down. The original film was a dark comedy made by legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman, a man who had a reputation for making films cheap and fast. For example,
The Little Shop of Horrors was shot on $28,000 in two days.
And if that sounds insane, what’s crazier is that Corman discovered huge Hollywood talents while making his movies. Jack Nicholson (yes, that Jack Nicholson) appears in the original film as a masochistic dentist patient.
So, in the 1980s, composer duo Howard Ashman and Alan Menken got it in their heads that they wanted to make a musical out of the movie, and it was a huge success. Naturally, when the musical was a hit, they made a movie out of it.
Now, what I find fascinating about the 1980s movie is that it’s more like a hybrid of the musical and the 1960s film. While it keeps most of the music from the musical, it actually adds back scenes from the movie that the musical cut. There is no masochist dentist patient in the musical, but in the movie the character returns, played by Bill Murray.
I’m just going to stop here though, because believe it or not,
Little Shop of Horrors has one of the most complicated and bizarre production histories of all time. We’re not going any farther down this rabbit hole dammit, and if you want to do that, have at it, I’m not doing that here, I just can’t do it.
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