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Dead Ringers
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Addresses the important role of remakes in film culture, from early cinema to contemporary Hollywood. While the popular press has criticized movie remakes as signs of Hollywood’s collective lack of imagination, the essays in Dead Ringers reveal the centrality and staying power of remakes as a formative genre in filmmaking. The contributors show that the practice of remaking films dates back to the origins of cinema and the evolution of film markets. In fact, remakes were never so prevalent as during the Classic Hollywood period, when filmmaking had achieved its greatest degree of industrialization, and they continue to play a crucial role in the development of film genres generally. Offering a variety of historical, commercial, theoretical, and cultural perspectives on the remake, Dead Ringers is a valuable resource for students of film history and theory, as well as those interested in the cultural politics of the late twentieth century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. DEADRINGERS: The Remake in Theory and Practice
  2. p. iii
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. ILLUSTRATIONS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. ix
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  1. 1. Reviewing Remakes: An Introduction
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. 2. Twice-Told Tales: Disavowal and the Rhetoric of the Remake
  2. pp. 37-62
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  1. 3. Economy and Aesthetics in American Remakes of French Films
  2. pp. 63-87
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  1. 4. The “Personal” Touch: The Original, the Remake, and the Dupe in Early Cinema
  2. pp. 89-126
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  1. 5. Sound Strategies: Lang’s Rearticulation of Renoir
  2. pp. 127-149
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  1. 6. The Raven and the Nanny: The Remake as Crosscultural Encounter
  2. pp. 151-168
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  1. 7. Sadie Thompson Redux: Postwar Reintegration of the Wartime Wayward Woman
  2. pp. 169-202
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  1. 8. Hiring Practices: Simenon/Duvivier/Leconte
  2. pp. 203-223
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  1. 9. Twice Two: The Fly and Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  2. pp. 225-241
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  1. 10. Three Takes On Motherhood, Masculinity, and Marriage: Serreau’s Trois Hommes et un couffin, Nimoy’s Remake, and Ardolino’s Sequel
  2. pp. 243-272
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  1. 11. Pretty Woman with a Gun: La Femme Nikita andthe Textual Politics of “The Remake”
  2. pp. 273-308
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  1. APPENDIX A: Remaking Le Voile bleu: An Interview with Norman Corwin, Screenwriter for The Blue Veil
  2. pp. 309-336
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  1. APPENDIX B: Norman Corwin Letter to Jerry Wald
  2. pp. 337-340
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 341-342
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  1. FILM TITLE INDEX
  2. pp. 343-352
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  1. NAME AND SUBJECT INDEX
  2. pp. 352-369
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