When talkies came in, studios started to give each smash-hit story a second shot with sound. A decade later, they began filming everything all over again, in Technicolor. Now that foreign films have become caliente, they're redoing every offshore hit in English.
It's no joke. Not only is Ron Howard remaking the overrated French mystery about race and class, Cache, but Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella intend to turn this year's best-foreign-language-film Oscar-winner, Germany's The Lives of Others, into an English-speaking movie.