Hollywood is renowned for finding international gems and remaking them with mixed results – some pale in comparison and some are superior to the originals. World Movies has programmed six nights of remakes with WM Ripped Off – where you can decide which is better. From Nicholas Winding Refn’s original Pusher to the UK remake, the original German Funny Games and then the US remake starring Naomi Watts with both directed by Oscar winner Michael Haneke, and Original Sin featuring Angelina Jolie vs. the 1969 French film Mississippi Mermaid starring Catherine Deneuve. These are the finest international films and their Hollywood counterparts. What has changed? What is the same? Find out this September.
Tuesday 3 September 8.30pm
ORIGINAL: Pusher (Denmark, 1996)
A failed drug deal lands Frank in debt to a ruthless and dangerous Copenhagen drug lord. Mads Mikkelsen stars in the first film in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s gritty, violent and chilling crime trilogy.
Wednesday 4 September 8.30pm
REMAKE: Pusher (United Kingdom, 2012) Australian Television Premiere
Based on the edgy and explosive films by visionary director Nicolas Winding Refn, Pusher stars Richard Coyle as a drug dealer who grows increasingly desperate over the course of a week after a botched deal lands him in the merciless clutches of a ruthless crime lord. The more desperate his behaviour, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing between him and the bullet his debtors intend to fire his way.
Tuesday 10 September 8.30pm
ORIGINAL: Funny Games (Austria, 1997)
Director Michael Haneke attempts to challenge perceptions of movie violence in this Palme D’or nominated thriller. A family is subjected to a gruelling assault of sadism and torture when their home is invaded.
Wednesday 11 September 8.30pm Channel Premiere
REMAKE: Funny Games (USA, 2007)
Michael Haneke recreates his controversial 1997 film with an American cast, including Naomi Watts. When a family arrives at their remote summer cabin for a quiet getaway, two psychotic intruders begin a harrowing life-or-death struggle.
Tuesday 17 September 8.30pm Channel Premiere
ORIGINAL: Mississippi Mermaid (France, Italy, 1969)
Louis Mahé (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a wealthy tobacco plantation owner on Réunion island in the Indian Ocean, is awaiting the arrival of his bride to be, Julie Roussel (Catherine Deneuve), whom he’s never met. When she arrives he is surprised by her beauty and does not recognise her, but they are swiftly married despite the inconsistencies that continue to come up as he gets to know her. One day he arrives home and she has run off, taking millions of his money. When he contacts Julie’s sister, he realises that he never met the real Julie and sets about finding the imposter.
Wednesday 18 September 8.30pm Channel Premiere
REMAKE: Original Sin (France, USA, 2001)
This dark, erotic thriller follows Luis (Antonio Banderas), a wealthy coffee company owner living in Cuba, awaiting the arrival of his new American mail-order wife Julia (Angelina Jolie). They marry within hours but Julia is not who she says she is, having replaced the original Julia on the trip to Cuba. She runs off with Luis’ money, but she begins to realise that the passion and love they shared is real, despite her fake relationship.