o/t: Crime Scenes: Donald Westlake on Film

A retrospective at the Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NYC, May 12-14.

This looks like a lot of fun! From the website:

Brooklyn-born Donald E. Westlake published nearly a hundred novels under various pseudonyms during his half-century career, the most influential being the hard-boiled Parker novels. Over the years, the hallmarks of a Westlake book never changed: He was a dedicated craftsman, writing clean, unfussy, powerfully effective prose, weaving complicated and surprising plots, and always letting a deep interest in (and often amusement at) human behavior drive the action. His prose has been the font for many and varied works of cinema. This program brings together the most successful and interesting films based on Westlake’s books, such as Point Blank (1967) (starring peak Lee Marvin), The Hot Rock (1972) (with Robert Redford), The Outfit (1973) (with Robert Duvall), Cops and Robbers (1973), and Jean-Luc Godard’s Made in U.S.A. (1966). It also includes two for which he wrote screenplays: the 1987 original The Stepfather and his 1990 Oscar-nominated adaptation of Jim Thompson’s The Grifters.

Organized by guest curator Levi Stahl, Associate Film Curator Eric Hynes, and Chief Curator David Schwartz.

Here’s that link again: http://www.movingimage.us/programs/2017/05/12/detail/crime-scenes-donald-westlake-on-film/


8 thoughts on “o/t: Crime Scenes: Donald Westlake on Film

  1. I’m a bit embarrassed to say I’d never heard of Donald Westlake, never mind his novels as the basis for all these films, despite his use of pseudonyms. He sounds like a literary force to be reckoned with, and that needs looking into. Thanks!

    • You bet! It’s even more infuriating for us, because it’s just that bit too far for attendance to be logistically possible — in terms of mileage, it looks feasible, and if this part of the world had a decent public transport system it’d be a dawdle, but we’d be thinking in terms of a 4+-hour journey time each way. Ugh!

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