Category: film

The most-remade movie in history is very recent: it came out in 2016! Called
Perfetti Sconosciuti (“Perfect Strangers”) the movie has been remade in Greece, Spain, Turkey, France, India, South Korea, Hungary, Mexico, China, and Russia.

Fred Astaire talks to Audrey Hepburn and her pet Mr. Famous she is holding, on the set of the Paramount musical ‘Funny Face,’ July 7, 1956. Photographed by Bert Hardy.

Most people think the pizzas they know and love – four cheese, pepperoni – were invented in Italy. But they were actually developed by Italian immigrants in the United
States, and then exported back to Italy. Syracuse University
anthropologist Agehananda Bharati calls this the “pizza effect.” Here are some other examples of when
elements of a nation’s culture  developed elsewhere and were then reimported:

  • Mexico City’s Day of the Dead parade was invented for the James Bond film Spectre and then adopted by the city.
  • American blues music influenced English musicians in the 1960s, who then exported blues-rock to the United States.
  • Adapted from India’s chicken tikka, chicken tikka masala became one
    of the most popular dishes in Britain before being re-exported to India.
  • Yoga became popular in India after its adoption in the West.
  • Salsa music originated largely among Cuban and Puerto Rican
    immigrants to New York in the 1920s and then spread throughout the
    Americas.
  • Teppanyaki, the Japanese style of cooking on an iron griddle, grew to prominence in America in “Japanese steakhouses.”

Stunning publicity stills of Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady.’

Laurence Olivier in ‘Hamlet,’ 1948.

See Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the notorious criminal couple in the 1967 film ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ directed by Arthur Penn.

Faye Dunaway takes breakfast by the pool with the day’s newspapers at the Beverley Hills Hotel the morning after winning the Oscar for Best Actress for ‘Network,’ March 1977. Photographed by Terry O’Neill.

Audrey Hepburn as Sister Luke in ‘The Nun’s Story,’ directed by
Fred Zinnemann, 1959.

Clark Gable in costume on the set of the film ‘San Francisco,’ California, 1936. Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt-LIFE.

Sophia Loren in a scene from the film ‘Marriage Italian Style,’ directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy, April 1964. Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt-LIFE.