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(Cracked)   Check out these 7 classic movies that are actually rip-offs, so let's get Up and out of here, Ted   ( divider line
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2013-05-14 07:12:22 PM  

namatad: feanorn: Oh, come on. Every movie is a rip off of Star WarsThe Hidden Fortress. Every. Single. One. ri poffs/

That's a neat article, thanks for turning me on to it.  I've always held that Star Wars isn't so much a direct ripoff of any one film, but a patchwork quilt of: Arthurian legend, 1940's Germany, and The Roman Empire.  And, obviously so.

Now, my perception of Arthurian legend is colored more by Boorman's Excalibur, which took liberties with Mallory.  In fact, I wonder is SW didn't influence Boorman in some way, creating a sort of cycle.
2013-05-14 07:23:53 PM  

Sybarite: A T. S. Eliot quote that I think applies across artistic endeavors.

"One of the surest of tests is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest."


Hell, this is how you refine your own ideas and self-image. You talk to people. You experience different things. You re-phrase and absorb things you like. You add it to everything else you carry around. We're all just a big pile of ideas that came from somewhere else and fused into something new.

Which is why "ownership" is such a stupid concept.
2013-05-14 11:08:44 PM  
2013-05-15 12:31:48 AM  

F42: unlikely: Yes yes, and The Lion King is a ripoff of n- king-em-rip-off-an-old-japanese-tv-series

Yes yes you're very cool. Give yourself a gold star.
2013-05-15 12:56:46 AM  

Mugato: Kind of vague and general, aren't they?

Sure, in much the same way that every story has a plot.

Celerian: Well, when you boil everything down to nuts and bolts, yes, you only have about 168 story combinations.

More than that because you can combine them. Hero deals with Fate to face a Nemesis and along the way, Meets Girl. That might get a bit too crowded though.
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