Friday, June 6, 2008

Abel Vs. Werner (I'm in Abel's Corner All The Way)


Well here's the bloody poster for Werner Herzog's remake of Abel Ferarra's Bad Lieutenant that popped up at Cannes recently. Also here are links to a couple of articles, one is an interview with Herzog that makes want to see this film even less than I did before (I can't decide which is worse, the fact that he claims to not know who Ferrara is or that he is probably pretending he doesn't) and the other contains the first quotes from a justifiably angry Ferrara on the proposed remake.

Much more interesting sounding than Herzog's sure to be spiritually bankrupt film is Ferrara's newest, Chelsea on the Rocks (Ferrara is pictured above with Bijou Phillips on the set). Information on this return to his home town by the King Of New York can be read here and here, I can't wait to see it and I hope it actually gets some American distribution.

7 comments:

Ed Hardy, Jr. said...

I've long considered Herzog a misguided but ultimately harmless douchebag. But these latest developments have got me thinking that he may be very, very harmful indeed.

Jeremy Richey said...

It's frustrating because Herzog has directed some of my favorite films but this whole turn of events has made my respect level drop a huge amount.
This interview especially bothered me...I wonder how he would feel if someone decided to remake one of his most personal and key works and deemed him unworthy enough to even acknowledge?
Ferrara's my man and I'd rather rewatch the weakest of his films than give this upcoming film by Herzog my time.
My reactions usually aren't this harsh but damn this rubs me the wrong way all over.

J.D. said...

And speaking of Ferrara, when is THE ADDICTION going to get a proper DVD release? I wonder who owns the rights? I'd love to see Criterion handle this one...

Jeremy Richey said...

THE ADDICTION is on of the nineties great films...I can't believe it is still MIA on DVD here in the states. Ferrara seriously gets the shaft on DVD here...MS 45 is out of print, The original version of Bad Lieutenant is not available anymore (thanks Jimmy Page), MARY, and Go_GO TALES can't even get distribution and of course THE ADDICTION...what the hell? It is really frustrating.

J.D. said...

Jeremy:

Well, to be fair, in the case of BAD LT. it's really Schooly D's fault as he failed to get Jimmy Page's permission to sample "Kashmir," but I digress. I think you can still pick up copies of it on VHS (prolly via eBay) that have his song in it.

As for THE ADDICTION. After NEAR DARK, it is, hands down, my fave vampire film of all time. Great film. Lily Taylor is incredible in that film.

As for Ferrara on DVD... yeah, he's had a real hit and miss track record on Region 1. I love the SE of KING OF NY... esp. Ferrara's commentary where he admits right up front that he did it only for the money. hah!

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks again JD...I still have a bad taste in my mouth on Page from the whole Puff Daddy GODZILLA thing. You are right though as it isn't really his fault, just a combination of things that ended up hampering a song that was perfect for Ferrara's film...
love Lili in THE ADDICTION. Actually one of my favorite performances of the nineties...
Ferrara's commentaries are amazing...I actually wish he would do one of every film (and not just his own)! He's incredible...have you heard the DRILLER KILLER track? Priceless stuff...anyway, thanks again.

J.D. said...

Jeremy:

Ahhh, don't even get me started on Puffy and the whole GODZILLA debacle. Man, that was brutal!

I have not heard Ferrara's commentary for DRILLER KILLER but I can only imagine! I take it that it's quite good?