The Coen brothers keep insisting that their True Grit isn’t really a remake of the 1969 film starring John Wayne, but rather an adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel. So when you see certain scenes from the two films put side-by-side, as they are in this video clip, you can go one of two ways: (1) Of course it’s a remake — the dialog and set-up are practically identical; or (2) Wow, you couldn’t imagine two more divergent schools of artistic filmmaking.

Does this contrast make you nostalgic for the original — or embarrassed for it?

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