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Film remakes as ritual and disguise: from Carmen to Ripley


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Abstract The first book-length account of the symbolic chains that link remakes and explain their disguises, Film Remakes as Rituals and Disguise is also the first book to explore how and why these stories are told. The author focuses on contemporary retellings of three particular tales - Joan of Arc, Carmen, and Psycho - to reveal what she calls the remake's "rituals of disguise." Joan of Arc, the author demonstrates, later appears as the tough, androgynous Ripley in the blockbuster Alien III film and the God-ridden Bess in Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves. Ultimately, these remake chains offer evidence of the archetypes of our own age, cultural "fingerprints" that are reflective of society's own preferences and politics. Underneath the redundancy of the remake, the author shows, lies our collective social memory. Indeed, at its core the lowly remake represents a primal attempt to gain immortality, to triumph over death-playing at movie theatres seven days a week, 365 days a year. Addressing the wider theoretical implications of her argument with sections on contemporary film issues such as trauma, jouissance, and censorship, the author offers an insightful addition to current debates in film theory and cinema history.
Keywords film; cinema; ritual
Classification Other Media; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature
Free Keywords Remake
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Publisher Amsterdam Univ. Press
City Amsterdam
Page/Pages 160 p.
Series Film Culture in Transition
ISBN 978-90-5356-784-5
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works