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Remake (1995)

by Connie Willis

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This short novel (really a novella) displays Willis' usual wit and facility with language, making it enjoyable to read no matter what the topic. Unfortunately (for me), the topic here is classic song-and-dance musical films (think Fred Astaire). I really quite strongly dislike such films, probably more than any other genre I can think of. And a good portion of this book is a pure nostalgia-fest - which, if were for something else, might have convinced me, but, as it was, didn't. (It would be a hopeless cause, no matter what.)
Still, I did enjoy the sci-fi elements of the story: in the (near?) future, actors are all computer-generated: images 'licensed' from the classics, or 'scans' of existing people, who don't actually have to act (or dance, etc). An angst-ridden film buff, who's currently working bowdlerizing old films by censoring them (cutting out all reference to 'Addictive Substances,' all the while drinking to excess and doing drugs himself), meets a naive young woman who desperately wants to be an actual performer in musicals...
Not bad, but my least favorite of Willis' that I've read thus far. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
This was pretty good, but not Connie Willis's best. I found the narrator too annoying at times, and the people around him weren't very well fleshed out. That must have been at least partially deliberate, but it still took away from my enjoyment of the story. ( )
  Amelia_Smith | May 2, 2015 |
In a Hollywood where nobody makes films with live actors any more, Tom is paid to remove signs of addictive substances from old films and Alis wants to dance in musicals. All in all, entertaining and quick to read. ( )
  queen_ypolita | Feb 21, 2015 |
In Hollywood of the future, new movies are composed from recycled bits of old movies, with “faces” of aspiring actors and actresses digitally pasted in. Tom makes a living editing old movie content to order: inserting his boss’s girlfriend-du-jour, purging references to AS (addictive substances). At a party, he meets Alis, who wants to dance in musicals. She doesn’t want her face pasted in, she wants to dance for real. Frustrated by his incomprehension, she disappears. And then, as he is editing a movie, he notices her in the chorus line... How did she get there?

The fun of this was the commentary about musicals, Fred Astaire vs. Gene Kelly, etc., which I’ll suppose echoes the author’s opinions, and the amusing struggle to retain a coherent story in classic movies when the alcohol is removed (though in a future of ubiquitous AS in the form of pills, this task doesn’t quite make sense). Short and light, and that’s about the extent of it.

(read 16 Nov 2013)
  qebo | Dec 1, 2013 |
This book explores a future Hollywood where there are no longer any new actors or new stories - they just keep remaking old movies by using computer graphics to stick in a different cast (Back to the Future, starring River Phoenix). It also explores a futuristic drug culture, and the possibility of time travel.

All in all, this was a fun and light read, and I always enjoy Connie Willis's writing. However, if you haven't watched a lot of old movies (especially Fred Astaire movies) a lot of the references will be lost. Clearly Connie Willis is a big movie buff with an encyclopedic knowledge of old movies. She will often describe a moment or a characters reaction by likening it to a moment in a movie, which, if you know the moment she is referring to, is wonderfully effective... but of course, if you don't catch the reference, it can be confusing. ( )
  Gwendydd | Sep 8, 2013 |
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In the Hollywood of the future there's no need for actors since any star can be digitally recreated and inserted into any movie. Yet young Alis wants to dance on the silver screen. Tom tries to dissuade her, but he fears she will pursue her dream--and likely fall victim to Hollywood's seamy underside, which is all to eager to swallow up naive actresses. Then Tom begins to find Alis in the old musicals he remakes, and he has to ask himself just where the line stands between reality and the movies.

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The setting is a futuristic Hollywood where movie- making has been computerized and live-action films are a thing of the past. Enter Alis who wants to dance in the movies. Tom offers to digitize her face onto any actress she likes, but Alis is not interested in fake dancing, she is after the real thing and if Tom wants her, he has to deliver. By the author of Doomsday Book.… (more)

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