Film Series

March 04 - April 22, 2007
Fidelity and Betrayal: Variations on the Remake

Phyllis Wattis Theater

There are remakes and remakes. Most of the time films are remade simply in order to sell them to a larger, more mainstream - usually American - public. But sometimes a remake - by adapting, displacing, or just feeding off another film - not only generates something different and new, it reveals peculiarities of the original that we wouldn't otherwise see. Whether it is an homage or a travesty, a remake can be faithful to the original in changing it - or it can betray the original by imitating it.

There are remakes in painting, too. The exhibition Picasso and American Art includes instances of American artists remaking, as new versions, particular works by Pablo Picasso, quoting passages of his paintings, or mimicking his style. In painting as in film the remake can, sometimes, be a valid and exciting genre.

This series presents a few of the many examples of creative remaking that exist in the history of cinema.

View the full detailed schedule with film descriptions.

$7 general; $5 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors. Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.

Film at SFMOMA is generously supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.

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Double Feature
Irma Vep, Olivier Assayas, 1996, 97 min.
Les Vampires (The Vampires), parts 1-3, Louis Feuillade, 1915, 120 min.

Irma Vep, which stars Maggie Cheung playing herself playing a jewel thief in a rubber catsuit, is a witty, sexy, stylish film about film - and one of the cult movies of the 1990s.…

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Les Vampires (The Vampires), parts 4-7, Louis Feuillade, 1915, 172 min.

Irma Vep, which stars Maggie Cheung playing herself playing a jewel thief in a rubber catsuit, is a witty, sexy, stylish film about film - and one of the cult movies of the 1990s.…

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Irma Vep, Olivier Assayas, 1996, 97 min.
Les Vampires (The Vampires), parts 8-10, Louis Feuillade, 1915, 129 min.

Irma Vep, which stars Maggie Cheung playing herself playing a jewel thief in a rubber catsuit, is a witty, sexy, stylish film about film - and one of the cult movies of the 1990s.…

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Valley Girl, Michele O'Marah, 2002, 113 min.
Valley Girl, Martha Coolidge, 1983, 99 min.

Video artist O'Marah pays tribute to the favorite film from her youth by re-creating Coolidge's Valley Girl with a cast of friends. Both films offer a modern-day fairy tale that…

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Valley Girl, Michele O'Marah, 2002, 113 min.
Valley Girl, Martha Coolidge, 1983, 99 min.

Video artist O'Marah pays tribute to the favorite film from her youth by re-creating Coolidge's Valley Girl with a cast of friends. Both films offer a modern-day fairy tale that…

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Outer Space, Peter Tscherkassky, 1999, 10 min.
Dream Work, Peter Tscherkassky, 2001, 11 min.
The Entity, Sidney J. Furie, 1981, 125 min.

Tscherkassky appropriates and manipulates footage from Furie's psychological horror film The Entity to delve deeper into the experiences and psyche of Furie's protagonist (Barbara…

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Damned If You Don't, Su Friedrich, 1987, 42 min.
Black Narcissus, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947, 100 min.

Repression and eroticism mingle on-screen in this pair of films about nuns struggling against feelings of lust and uncertainty. Black Narcissus stands as a classic for its stunning…

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Damned If You Don't, Su Friedrich, 1987, 42 min.
Black Narcissus, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947, 100 min.

Repression and eroticism mingle on-screen in this pair of films about nuns struggling against feelings of lust and uncertainty. Black Narcissus stands as a classic for its stunning…

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All That Heaven Allows, Douglas Sirk, 1955, 89 min.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974, 93 min.

Sirk's tale of two lovers whose differences in age and social stature ignite the disapproval and derision of those around them provides genetic fodder for Fassbinder, but the films…

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Invisible Adversaries, Valie Export, 1976, 112 min.

Export explores themes of paranoia and isolation in a pair of allegorical films about the loss of identity. Export imbues her 1970s film with a feminist perspective and avant-garde…

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Invisible Adversaries, Valie Export, 1976, 112 min.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Don Siegel, 1956, 80 min.

Siegel and Export explore themes of paranoia and isolation in a pair of allegorical films about the loss of identity. Siegel's original, based on Jack Finney's 1954 serial, is rife…

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