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Legacy Watch: Dragon Tattoo vs. Dragon Tattoo, John Cazale's Five Perfect Career Choices

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 10, 2010 at 5:20AM

- Sweden's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev protests against David Fincher's remake and another actress playing the Lisbeth Salander role--"highly unfair because Noomi [Rapace] has captured this part and it should always be all her," he told Random House's Word & Film site. He goes on to compare the below-par American remake of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita to Fincher's remake (Heat Vision attacks this argument). But Besson wrote and directed the original La Femme Nikita - it was his. Oplev was directing a screenplay adaptation of Stieg Larsson's book. If Columbia and Fincher have rights to the same story, it's fair game. Not to mention the countless Americans who have the original book on their nightstands, many of whom are yet to see the Swedish trilogy on screen. They're waiting for most worthwhile and accessible version, and that could well be Fincher's. Here's The Playlist's take on the Oplev's comments: the original Dragon Tattoo film was fairly shite anyway.
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- Sweden's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev protests against David Fincher's remake and another actress playing the Lisbeth Salander role--"highly unfair because Noomi [Rapace] has captured this part and it should always be all her," he told Random House's Word & Film site. He goes on to compare the below-par American remake of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita to Fincher's remake (Heat Vision attacks this argument). But Besson wrote and directed the original La Femme Nikita - it was his. Oplev was directing a screenplay adaptation of Stieg Larsson's book. If Columbia and Fincher have rights to the same story, it's fair game. Not to mention the countless Americans who have the original book on their nightstands, many of whom are yet to see the Swedish trilogy on screen. They're waiting for most worthwhile and accessible version, and that could well be Fincher's. Here's The Playlist's take on the Oplev's comments: the original Dragon Tattoo film was fairly shite anyway.

- Oscilloscope releases the John Cazale documentary I Knew It Was You today on DVD. Cazale's holds a singular distinction. His five films--that's all!--were each nominated for Best Picture Oscars (The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter). Speakeasy interviews the films producer, Brett Ratner, about Cazale and the documentary, which includes Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Francis Ford Coppola. "I’d never seen an actor bring so much specificity to his character," says Ratner. "He became his characters. I believe Fredo is Fredo. He was a fearless actor. He was okay with showing vulnerability, weakness. If you ask an actor, okay, in The Godfather, you can be Sonny, the toughest one in the family, or the slow brother who was looked over — nobody wants to play that role. Cazale made a lot of bold choices."

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This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Daily Read, David Fincher, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Thriller, Remake, Action, Books, Noomi Rapace


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.