At the Oct. 21 post-screening sesh for “Alfie,” helmer Charles Shyer discussed the stigma attached to remakes of more recent fare compared to versions of “Don Giovanni” or “Hamlet.”
“The whole thing about remakes — it’s so irritating,” Shyer said, “because if you do a remake of a movie, it’s a horrifying sin.”
The helmer also chafed at the puritanical attitude toward smoking in films, reminding the aud that many people, including star Jude Law, light up off-screen.
“You gotta do what feels right,” Shyer said.
Co-writer Elaine Pope also participated in the Pete Hammond-moderated discussion at the ArcLight.
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