Werner Herzog, director of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, has claimed that his film is not a remake of Ferrara’s original. By all reports, Ferrara was furious at the usage of the title Bad Lieutenant and had nothing to do with the concept of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. But everybody everywhere had already seen the classic Sergio Leone films by the time Bruce Willis and Walter Hill showed up. Perhaps the whole thing is some sort of inside joke among obscure cult film-makers. The Magnificent Seven made stars out of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn, all of whom became fixtures of American cinema in the next decade, and all of whom occupy a vital niche in American pop cultural mythology. Ferrara is furious abut the whole thing, perhaps because he feels that if you're going to remake one of his movies, you should at least leave the stuff about the penises in there. Seven Samurai does not resonate culturally. (Perhaps as many as 11, if you include African-American remakes of wry British comedies, such as Chris Rock in the upcoming Death at a Funeral.) The two films share a central concept: a corrupt, drug abusing police lieutenant slowly losing what grasp on self-control he has, while trying to rustle up cash for a series of escalating gambling debts. Instead of the streets of New York, the action has been shifted to the overcast sludge of a post-Katrina New Orleans. (The first one is much better.) Versus: Bad Lieutenant (1992) vs. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), tap here to see other videos from our team. He may do this because the technology of the art form has dramatically improved, as was the case when Alfred Hitchcock reworked his 1934 black-and-white thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1956. Another very interesting category is the remake of a film that already has a sequel, as recently occurred with The Stepfather. Versus is a semi-regular series in which recent remakes, sequels, and adaptations are compared to their source material by a guy who spent two years complaining that an orc’s name was pronounced wrong in the Lord of the Rings movies.

This bad lieutenant has a name and an origin of sorts: he’s Terence McDonagh (Cage), a New Orleans police sergeant promoted in the wake of Hurricane Katrina after saving the life of an imprisoned man and injuring himself in the process, resulting in a painkiller addiction. He tweets at @heynathankamal. This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. Appearing in a remake can sometimes be the kiss of death. Wrong. On a parenthetical note, Casino Royale is not a remake of Casino Royale. In 1992, Abel Ferrara made a very dark, very depressing movie called Bad Lieutenant. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. He gambles, he smokes crack, he cheats on his wife (who’s even more of a non-entity), he shoots heroin and he shoots out the radio in his car.

Photograph: Everett Collection / Rex Features. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans is released in May, Magnificent Seven, The Ring, Psycho, The Preacher's Wife – some remakes are an improvement, some are an abysmal waste of time. But at the end of the day, it’s still a cop movie, with our protagonist trying to outwit his enemies (his creditors, in this case), hunt down witnesses (largely to silence them) and play outside the rules (for drugs). Last modified on Thu 31 Dec 2009 07.44 EST. The Moon & Antarctica Turns 20, Holy Hell! 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4. It was not a blockbuster when first released in 1992, nor was it meant to be. And despite the multitude of sins that shown in the film, Bad Lieutenant is about forgiveness. Well, probably more like six. Lewis. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Bad Lieutenant USA, 1992 Regie: Abel Ferrara mit Harvey Keitel IMDB Note: 7,1 Bad Lieutenant - Cop ohne Gewissen [Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - … In fact, he died. The original wasn't so great, either. People were initially quite pleased when the film crew blew into town, though nobody was quite clear why anyone would want to remake The Bishop's Wife, which wasn't especially memorable, and wasn't especially well-known. So it’s not terribly surprising that Herzog would involve himself in the remake of Abel Ferrara’s film, or at least less surprising than if literally any other director tried to do so. Because the types of people who go to see films like Three Men and a Baby never go to see movies with subtitles, I would be willing to bet that there are not more than three people on the planet who have seen both films and are thus in a position to compare them. Herzog, for his part, claimed to have never seen Ferrara’s film (or any of his films, or even know of him) and didn’t consider his own to be a remake. Port of Call, while traditionally structured, begins to spiral very deliberately out of control about midway through. There’s a lot to call bullshit on there. – and none of us were even aware that the Japanese were capable of making anything other than Godzilla movies. The new Bad Lieutenant, the first promo for which is above, is reportedly not a direct remake - the Cage character has an Irish name, where his unnamed forebear was Italian-American, for a … As is the remake of The Stepfather. It is the rectification of a earlier error, perhaps even revenge for an unprosecuted crime. Bad Lieutenantstars Keitel as the unnamed titular character, who seems to spend most of his shift stealing, snorting, or selling drugs. But then the merchants got mad because the film crew blocked off Main Street, shrinking consumer traffic to a trickle, and then everyone else got mad because Houston wouldn't come out of her trailer to sign autographs. Heavily in debt to his bookie, McDonagh enters into a business partnership with heroin dealer Big Fate (Xzibit), the prime suspect in a murder investigation headed up by McDonagh.

It was described as being "neither a sequel nor a remake ". O Brother, Where Art Thou? Though the saga of the murderous, yet affable, stepfather on the prowl for cheap thrills might seem hackneyed and trite on the surface, it is actually the same basic premise of Hamlet. But it’s not Keitel’s slow burn. Which, considering how easily this could have gone wrong, is kind of like a win for Port of Call. By all reports, Ferrara was furious at the usage of the title Bad Lieutenant and had nothing to do with the concept of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Directed by then-husband Guy Ritchie, Swept Away is without doubt one of the worst movies ever made. While Herzog very well may have never seen Bad Lieutenant, there’s no way he could have been utterly unfamiliar with the film itself. We encountered an issue signing you up.

« on: September 10, 2009, 07:40:51 AM » Comparing it to the original classic made by Abel Ferrara and staring Harvey Keitel, this looks utter shite. It received praise from many critics in its initial run and has become something of a cult film but doesn’t have the divisiveness that creates passionate support or hatred, like, say Irréversible (which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 10 years later). But it’s a cop movie skewed through his unique weirdness and contempt for the genre, and bolstered by the ineffable lunacy of Nicolas Cage. Not so long ago, Werner Herzog's The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans was put into production.

But when Werner Herzog is involved, films don’t make sense in the traditional manner. It is either because the original made a lot of money, or because the original was in some way good. At least, when he’s not gambling, or impotently watching sluggish, dead-eyed prostitutes limply loll and frolic in seedy hotel rooms, creating the general impression of an opium den during an earthquake. Though The Bad Lieutenant: No Full Frontal Nudity in the Big Easy is quite entertaining, with Nicolas Cage doing a nifty job with the role inherited from Keitel, it is still hard to figure out why a director of so many dazzling but obscure cult films would sort of, kind of remake an obscure film by a maker of many obscure cult films.

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