Film Remakes as Ritual and Disguise : From Carmen to Ripley by Anat Zanger

By Anat Zanger

the 1st book-length account of the symbolic chains that hyperlink remakes and clarify their disguises, Film Remakes as Rituals and Disguise can be the 1st ebook to discover how and why those tales are advised. Anat Zanger makes a speciality of modern retellings of 3 specific tales—Joan of Arc, Carmen, and Psycho—to show what she calls the remake’s “rituals of disguise.” Joan of Arc, Zanger demonstrates, later seems because the tricky, androgynous Ripley within the blockbuster Alien III movie and the God-ridden Bess in Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves.
Ultimately, those remake chains provide proof of the archetypes of our personal age, cultural “fingerprints” which are reflective of society’s personal personal tastes and politics. beneath the redundancy of the remake, Zanger exhibits, lies our collective social reminiscence. certainly, at its middle the lowly remake represents a primal try to achieve immortality, to conquer death—playing at motion picture theatres seven days per week, twelve months a year.
Addressing the broader theoretical implications of her argument with sections on modern movie matters equivalent to trauma, jouissance, and censorship, Zanger bargains an insightful addition to present debates in movie thought and cinema history.

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