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Thursday
May102012

Juliette or Guilietta?

Have you heard that Juliette Lewis will be starring in a film called The Days of Mary (2013?) loosely based on Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning Nights of Cabiria (1957)? It feels like her first lead role in ages so we hope it actually happens.

 

 

It's now in Reno -- practically Rome's twin ! (kidding) -- and Juliette is a girl looking for love in, we presume, the wrong places. Bad things tend to happen in movies where Juliette is entangled romantically: mass murder (NBK), end of times chaos (Strange Days), thumbsucking (Cape Fear) but this project doesn't feel as shocking / sacrilegious when you remember that Nights of Cabiria has already been reimagined once as Sweet Charity (1969) starring Shirley Maclaine.

Okay, wait, we need to remake reboot reimagine that poll now...

 

 

Have you seen Nights of Cabiria and Sweet Charity? If not, get on that, will ya?

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I completely endorse Juliette Lewis' return to a leading role....however, Nights of Cabiria is amongst my favorite 5 movies of all time. As the matter of fact I have a still of the ending framed in my desk to remind me of the magic of movies and of perfect endings. I remember thinking about the unnecessary remake or Les Diaboliques, why do these remakes exist? it seems almost blasphemous to try to morph something that was already perfect, Don't you think? It does not contribute to the reputation of the movie it was based on because let's face it, if the movie is awful it will not pick the curiosity of other movie goers to discover Fellini's ouvre and if it's good, well, then we will hopefully see a bit more of Juliette Lewis in the future but it will not match the original.
I don't like Sweet Charity very much, but although it hit similar plot points of Cabiria, it wasn't "exactly" a remake in my view.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCristhian

Lewis is so beatiful. Why doesn't she glam up instead of playing white trash or singing rock? She needs a very good romantic period piece.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Nights of Cabiria is one of my favorite movies ever. Giulietta Masina is genius in it.

I also love Sweet Charity and Shirley MacLaine gives one of her greatest performances in it. But I prefer Masina's tough Chaplinesque performance.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlejandro

GAH, Nights of Cabiria is SO GOOD! Giulietta Masina rocks my world.

I also like Sweet Charity, but pretty much only for MacLaine who is all kinds of brilliant in it. Fosse was capable of a lot better.

I'm VERY interested to see how this Juliette Lewis version will turn out, though. I can almost see it, but not quite. The world needs more Juliette Lewis.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

I would never knock Lewis or MacLaine (okay, I would sometimes knock MacLaine, but never for things she did before the 70s).

But Masina's Cabiria is up there with Falconetti's Joan of Arc and Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergoran
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