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‘Dragon Tattoo’ director questions U.S. remake, backs Noomi Rapace for Oscar

HollywoodNews.com: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” director Niels Arden Oplev trumpeted his support for Noomi Rapace’s (aka Lisbeth Salander) bid for an Oscar and voiced his concerns over the U.S. remake of the Swedish blockbuster.
Hollywood Reporter was reading Oplev’s interview with Word & Film”:
The only thing that’s annoying to me is that the Sony PR machine is trying to make their Lisbeth Salander the lead Lisbeth Salander. That’s highly unfair because Noomi has captured this part and it should always be all her. That’s her legacy in a way I can’t see anyone competing with. I hope she gets nominated for an Oscar. I know a lot of Academy members have seen the film and liked it because every time I go to LA I meet so many people who have seen my version of it. Even in Hollywood there seems to be a kind of anger about the remake, like, ‘Why would they remake something when they can just go see the original?’ Everybody who loves film will go see the original one. It’s like, what do you want to see, the French version of “La Femme Nikita” or the American one? You can hope that Fincher does a better job.

The trade went on to explain how it was an apples and oranges comparison to juxtapose Fincher’s “Tattoo” to Z-grade director John Badham’s English lingo remake of “La Femme Nikita.” In their opinion, Fincher is an auteur.
Still, that’s no excuse for cinematic imperialism. Any cineaste will vouch that the Spanish version of “Open Your Eyes” blows Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky” out of the water – all blockbuster receipts put aside. Were there U.S. remakes of foreign language films that you enjoyed better than the original? Please let us know.
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