Hollywood loves making the same movie twice?

 Truman Capote
Two-faced... Toby Jones (left) and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in, respectively, Infamous and Capote.

Spare a thought for the hapless representatives of the French wine industry, with their flared nostrils, unfocused gaze and maudlin air. It transpires that their greatest moment of shame - the blind tasting scandal of 1976, in which a panel of experts plumped for the California grape over theirs - is coming back to haunt them. And not once, but twice. Judgment of Paris, the movie trumpeting itself as the "official version", looks reassuringly full-bodied and traditional and is based on a book by one of the experts. By contrast, Bottle Shock stars Alan Rickman and Danny DeVito, sounds altogether more fresh and fruity, and is probably redolent of spring meadows or lemongrass or something.

It is curious, considering how cautious and market-researched the film industry is, to realise how many times this has happened; how many times a production team has alighted on some out-of-the-way topic only to discover a rival group rolling up at the exact same moment. "It's very strange," writer-director Doug McGrath told the New Yorker last year. "Generally I have my finger on whatever the opposite of the Zeitgeist is." McGrath was, of course, referring to his latest film, Infamous, which covered the same ground that the Oscar-winning Capote had itself covered just a few months earlier.

(Source: The Guardian)


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