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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - EVAN WIL­LIAMS

IN Sab­rina ( Sun­day, 2.25pm, Ten), Har­ri­son Ford plays Humphrey Bog­art and Ju­lia Or­mond stands in for Au­drey Hep­burn. A tall or­der, but that’s the prob­lem with re­makes of clas­sics. Billy Wilder di­rected the orig­i­nal black- and- white Cin­derella story in 1954, with Bo­gie as the cold- hearted ty­coon Li­nus Larrabee who falls for his chauf­feur’s daugh­ter, the lat­ter un­der­go­ing the kind of Pretty Wo­man trans­for­ma­tion made fa­mous by Ju­lia Roberts in an­other movie. Syd­ney Pol­lack’s film is faith­ful enough to the story, but at­ti­tudes change in 40 years and class as­sump­tions that gave point and charm to the orig­i­nal now seem quaint and strained. It’s ap­peal­ing just the same, which is more than I can say for The But­ter­fly Ef­fect ( Sun­day, 10.50pm, Seven), a su­per­nat­u­ral sci- fi hor­ror film of quite re­mark­able un­pleas­ant­ness in which the hero ( Ash­ton Kutcher) is trou­bled by images of child­hood trauma: an ex­ploded baby, a video shoot with a pedophile neigh­bour, a char­grilled pet puppy, not to men­tion the hero’s crazed fa­ther, who tries to stran­gle him. No won­der the fel­low has re­pressed his mem­o­ries. Am­ne­sia was a con­di­tion much favoured by film­mak­ers in the days of the stu­dio melo­drama: wit­ness Ran­dom Har­vest, Hitch­cock’s Spell­bound, even a film as well- in­ten­tioned and corny as Por­trait from Life ( Mon­day, 4.30am, ABC), about a Bri­tish of­fi­cer in oc­cu­pied Ger­many who en­coun­ters a beau­ti­ful wo­man ( Mai Zet­ter­ling) in a dis­placed per­son’s camp and helps her re­cover her mem­o­ries. Cer­tain Nazi war crim­i­nals are brought to jus­tice as a re­sult. The story of how the worst of all Nazi war crim­i­nals sur­vived a fa­mous as­sas­si­na­tion plot in July 1944 has been told be­fore, and while we’re wait­ing for it to be told again in the forth­com­ing Tom Cruise movie, I rec­om­mend Op­er­a­tion Valkyrie ( Sun­day, 9.30pm, SBS), a Ger­man film about the at­tempt on Adolf Hitler’s life. Se­bas­tian Koch plays Claus von Stauf­fen­berg, the aris­to­cratic of­fi­cer and pi­o­neer­ing Scien­tol­o­gist who led the con­spir­acy to kill Hitler with a bomb con­cealed in his brief­case, and paid with his life, along with hun­dreds of oth­ers rounded up by the SS ( the ring­leaders were hanged with pi­ano wire and their ag­o­nies filmed for screen­ing to the Fuhrer the same evening). I’m not sure whether the Ger­man au­thor­i­ties al­lowed the di­rec­tor, Jo Baier, to film in the orig­i­nal lo­ca­tions ( they point­edly re­fused ac­cess to the Tom Cruise team), but au­then­tic­ity is never lack­ing in Ger­man films about World War II, as we saw in the ex­cel­lent Down­fall. The Great Es­cape ( Fri­day, 8.30pm, Seven) was

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