Homage movies to remember -- ''The Good German,'' ''Scream,'' and ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' paid tribute to films of the past

By Jeff Labrecque
Updated March 23, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Before Rodriguez and Tarantino paid tribute to the gods of gore, other directors took stabs at re-creating genres.

The Good German
Using 1940s audio and filming techniques, Steven Soderbergh aimed for the smoky black-and-white flavor of Casablanca and The Third Man. The finale on the tarmac leaves no doubt.

Wes Craven rejuvenated the slasher movie by adhering strictly to the genre’s basics: masked psychos, sexpots who don’t stand a chance, and fools who tempt fate by saying ”I’ll be right back.”

Down With Love
Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger’s retro battle of the sexes honored the colorful style and wit of whimsical Rock Hudson-Doris Day farces like 1959’s Pillow Talk.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones’ first cliff-hanger was inspired by Saturday-morning serials of the ’30s and ’40s such as Jungle Jim and Flash Gordon, which thrilled Steven Spielberg and George Lucas as kids.

Far From Heaven
Director Todd Haynes shared Douglas Sirk’s Eisenhower-era weepies with the cast so they could help him evoke the genre’s pristine perfection. The film’s plot closely mirrored Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows.

Movie Movie
Like Grindhouse, Stanley Donen’s homage to 1930s Warner Bros. melodramas and musicals, starring George C. Scott and Red Buttons, was a double feature separated by a fake coming attraction.