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Vol. 10 No. i (2022): Spring 2022

Tale as Old as Time: Discovering the Heart of Remakes through Beauty and the Beast

November 21, 2023


Once upon a time, in a world rampant with remakes and cash grabs, the question of value was added to the mix. How can you tell the difference between a valuable and a valueless remake? Based on the work of film critic Thomas Leitch, this article uses the main principles of Beauty and the Beast as a model to judge the invaluable and valueless remakes, while analyzing what qualifies as a remake. With case studies from 1946, 1991, and 2017, it concludes that valueless remakes can succeed at earning money, but that it takes an invaluable remake to be remembered.