April's Friday Flix to feature ‘Remakes and Originals’ at Belfast Library
There are many reasons why filmmakers remake a film: cashing in on a successful original, wanting to re-make a favorite, or wanting to update or improve a previous piece of art. Sometimes the new version is better, sometimes not. This month, Karen Gleeson and Paul Sheridan will present four films where they show their judgements on original vs. remake.
On April 6, they have preferred the 2015 version of Far from the Madding Crowd (originally made in 1967), saying “We think Thomas Hardy's story makes more sense in this version.” The movie, based on the novel, tells of an independent and headstrong heiress in Victorian England who attracts three very different suitors: a sheep farmer, a reckless sergeant, and a prosperous and mature bachelor. 119 min. Rated PG-13.
In contrast, the Argentinian original of Secret in Their Eyes (2009) was preferred to that of the 2015 American remake. On April 13 the film will be shown. It tells the story of a retired legal counselor (Ricardo Darín), who 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” say Karen and Paul. 129min. Rated R. In Spanish, with subtitles.
The next featured remake, on April 20 is The Beguiled (2017) Both the original and remake tell of the unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War, which leads to jealousy and betrayal. The original (1971) was edgier, but this one is preferred as being more subtle. 93 min. Rated R.
The month's films end on April 27 with the original of The Entertainer (1960) starring Laurence Olivier. Although Kenneth Branagh made a slightly more modern version in 2016, the original is a milestone of British cinema and Olivier's performance as
Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat who schemes to stay in show business, should be seen and appreciated. 96 min. Rated approx. PG.
All films are FREE Fridays at 7 p.m. at the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.