To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be ★★

Really hard to see why Brooks would want to remake this film. Clearly he’s a fan of Lubitsch’s original, but he finds very little to say that wasn’t in the source material. In fact so much of it is lifted verbatim from the 1942 version that it feels more like a TV adaptation than a cinematic embellishment. In several ways, it’s also demonstrably worse: a good example is the theater set at the center of the action, which is smaller than the one that featured in the original, both literally and figuratively.

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