Film Remakes as Ritual and Disguise

From Carmen to Ripley

Anat Zanger

Film Remakes as Ritual and Disguise

Anat Zanger

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

158 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 | © 2006
Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9789053567845 Published January 2007 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The first full-length history of the remake in cinema, Film Remakes as Ritual and Disguise is also the first book to explore how and why these stories are told. 

Anat Zanger focuses on contemporary retellings of three particular tales—Joanof Arc, Carmen, and Psycho—to reveal what she calls the remake’s “rituals of disguise.” Joan of Arc, Zanger demonstrates, later appears as the tough, androgynous Ripley in the blockbuster Alien series and the God-ridden Bess in Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves. Ultimately, these remake chains offer evidence of the archetypes of our own age, cultural “fingerprints” that are reflective of society’s own preferences and politics. Underneath the redundancy of the remake, Zanger shows, lies our collective social memory.  Indeed, at its core the lowly remake represents a primal attempt to gain immortality, to triumph over death—playing at movie theaters seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

Addressing the wider theoretical implications of her argument with sections on contemporary film issues such as trauma, jouissance, and censorship, Film Remakes as Ritual and Disguise is an insightful addition to current debates in film theory and cinema history.

Chapter 1         Psycho: Inside and Outside the Frame
Part One    First Variation: Car men 
Chapter 2         The Game Begins
Chapter 3         Muted Voices
Chapter 4         Masks

Part Two    Second Variation: Joan 
Chapter 5         The Game Again
Chapter 6         Hearing Voices
Chapter 7         Disguises Conclusion 
Chapter 8         Repetitions as Hidden Streams
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