Monday, March 5, 2007

Law & Order: Paris

The Wall Street Journal reports on a spin-off of Law & Order created especially for French viewers:
PARIS -- To create a French version of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," writers had to do much more than simply translate scripts from the hit TV show. They adapted scenes to reflect the Napoleonic legal code. They agonized over the set, trying to make it gritty like the American one, but also sleek, like modern Paris police stations. The French set designer cluttered desks with papers and trash, but built curving walls meant to evoke the feet of the Eiffel Tower. "We took out any reference to the mob," says writer Franck Ollivier. "We don't really have that here." He jokingly adds: "Unlike Americans, we are all nice people."
A preview of the show's opening credits (same theme, different actors):

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