European Film Remakes

Edited by Eduard Cuelenaere, Gertjan Willems, Stijn Joye

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Combines historical and contemporary approaches to film remakes in Europe
  • Investigates, next to the textual, socio-cultural and political dimensions, the often neglected industrial, financial and production-related dynamics of European remake practices
  • Provides a mix of different methodologies, ranging from comparative textual analysis to production, promotion, and reception analysis
  • Takes into account both popular and art cinema remakes
  • Examines European film remakes within local, regional, national, transnational or transcultural contexts
  • Offers new theoretical concepts and methodological models that take into account both the distinctive and universal aspects of film remaking in a European context

Bringing together a range of international scholars, European Film Remakes discusses for the first time the textual, socio-cultural, political, and industrial mechanisms and singularities of the film remake in a European context. Offering a variety of historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches, the book is illustrated by a wide range of case studies from across Europe, including films like A Bigger Splash, Open Your Eyes and Perfect Strangers. Although commonly understood as a typical Hollywood practice, this book demonstrates how film remakes are, and always have been, a significant part of the European film culture and industry.

List of Figures and Tables Notes on Contributors

Preface - Tom Leitch

Film Remakes in the Context of European Cinema: an Introduction - Eduard Cuelenaere, Gertjan Willems & Stijn Joye

Part I: Conceptual Perspectives: Delineating and Pushing the Boundaries of Remake Studies

1. The Film Remake as a Prism: Towards a Model of Systematic Textual Analysis - Cuelenaere Eduard

2. The ‘Secret Remake’: A European Take on the Traditional Remake? - Marie Martin

3. From ‘Mini-Remake’ to Open-ended Coda: How to Make a ‘Proper’ Homage - Peter Verstraten

4. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ (1980) as a Remake? - Mario Slugan

5. Remakesploitation: Exploitation Film Remakes and the Transnational Giallo - Iain Robert Smith

Part II: Historical Perspectives: Continuity and Change

6. Re-forming La Maternelle: Social-Cultural Continuity and the Remake - Jennifer Forrest

7. Screening Transformation Processes: Post-war Remakes of Nazi-era Films - Stefanie Mathilde Frank

8. The Colour Remakes of Swedish Classics in the 1950s: Production, Promotion, and Critical Reception in the Context of Technological Innovation - Kamalika Sanyal & Eduard Cuelenaere

Part III: Contemporary Perspectives: European Film Remakes in the New Millennium

9. Remakes à la polonaise: From National Readaptations to Internationally Inspired Romcoms - Kris Van Heuckelom

10. Nostalgic Mediations of the Soviet Past in Nikolai Lebedev’s Remake The Crew (2016) - Boris Noordenbos & Irina Souch

11. Mistaken Identities: Millennial Remakes, Post-Socialist Transformation, and Hungarian Popular Cinema - Balazs Varga

12. Refashioning the Remake: A Bigger Splash - Constantine Verevis

Part IV: Industrial Perspectives: Practices of Production and Circulation

13. Remake and decline in Scottish cinema: Whisky Galore 1949 and 2016 - Robert Munro & Michael Stewart

14. ‘Remakable’ Directors: The Contemporary Spanish Media industry and the Popular Discourses on Remakes and National Authorship - Núria Araüna Baró

15. Remakes and Globally-Oriented European Cinema: Contemporary Industrial Practices and Shifting Hierarchies - Chris Meir


In this exciting new volume Cuelenaere, Willems and Joye bring together established names in the field of remake studies and a number of bright new voices. The result is a rich and diverse collection of essays written from multiple perspectives. Moving away from the established tendency to focus on the Hollywood remake and building upon a growing body of literature on its European counterparts, the collection provides fresh and invigorating new thinking on the European film industries while simultaneously adding important insights to the theorisation of remakes, adaptations and transnational cinema more widely.
Lucy Mazdon, University of Hull
Eduard Cuelenaere is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication Sciences at Ghent University, Belgium.

Gertjan Willems is assistant professor at the University of Antwerp, in the departments of Literature and Communication Sciences, and a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University

Stijn Joye is an associate professor at the Department of Communication Sciences at Ghent University, Belgium

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