How the World Remade Hollywood

Global Interpretations of 65 Iconic Films

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About the Book

For decades, filmmakers around the world have been remaking and remixing Hollywood movies in colorful and imaginative ways. They’ve chronicled a singing and dancing Hannibal Lecter in India, star-crossed lovers aboard the doomed Nigerian ship Titanic, a Japanese expedition to the planet of the apes, and an uncivil war in Turkey between Captain America and a mobbed-up Spider-Man. Most of these films were low budget and many were unauthorized, but all of them were fantastic.

Lately these movies and many like them have begun to resurface thanks to cherry-picked YouTube clips. But why and how were they made in the first place? This book tells the little-known stories of the wily filmmakers who made an Italian 007 flick by casting Sean Connery’s tradesman brother, produced a Turkish space opera by stealing a print of Star Wars for its effects footage, and transported a full-fledged Terminator to the present day—not from a post-apocalyptic future, but from the vibrant mythology of Indonesia. Their stories reveal more than mere imitations; they demonstrate the fascinating ways ideas evolve as they cross borders.

About the Author(s)

Ed Glaser is a six-time Telly Award-winning filmmaker and film historian based in Champaign, Illinois. In addition to writing about international remakes for more than a decade, he has restored and remastered Turkish adaptations of Rambo and Star Wars, as well as published the first English translation of Dracula in Istanbul, the 1928 pirated rewrite of Bram Stoker’s Dracula that formed the basis of a 1953 Turkish film.

Bibliographic Details

Ed Glaser
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 110 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8403-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4467-7
Imprint: McFarland