Original vs Remake: Hollywood’s Need to Retell the Story (or the Lack Thereof)

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“The World of Apu” is a bimonthly, diverse, and multilingual online film magazine which explores film cultures from around the world.

Below you can find my analysis on a few international films, not particularly well-known ones, that have spawned renowned Hollywood successes (whether critical or commercial). Maybe I can get you to watch either or both of them, and then get you to ask if the Hollywood remake added to the existing film it was indeed necessary.

Original vs Remake: Hollywood’s Need to Retell the Story (or the Lack Thereof)

Scum (1979): Crime / Drama

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Welcome to THE most famous unnamed British Borstal of the ’70s, known today as “Young Offender’s Institution”.

Based on the – banned from BBC – homonym TV film “Scum”( 1977), Alan Clarke remade his own film two years later, which was characterized as one of the most controversial films of the ’80s. And became cult. No music whatsoever, no glamourized violence, stronger inmates victimizing weaker inmates, racism, gruesome suicides, and more punchlines than anyone can memorize send a shockwave to the British system.

I say no more. “Scum” is a must-see and the beginning of a brilliant career of beloved actor Ray Winstone. I would say “enjoy” but it is not enjoyable.