A New 'Alfie' for a Post-Feminist World

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates compares the new remake of the 1966 British film Alfie to the original, and speaks with Charles Shyer, the new film's director. Shyer says his Alfie, a philandering rogue played by Jude Law, updates the character first brought to the screen by Michael Caine for a contemporary audience. But how will the portrait of a promiscuous sexist play in a post-feminist world?

Jude Law and Susan Sarandon in a scene from the 2004 remake of Alfie

Jude Law and Susan Sarandon in a scene from the 2004 remake of Alfie. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Michael Caine in a scene from the 1966 version of Alfie

Michael Caine in a scene from the 1966 version of Alfie. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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