Re: RARA-AVIS: Willeford -- page and screen

Date: 06 Jan 2001

I'm a big fan of Miami Blues, the movie actually got me started reading Willeford. The movie however is more Junior's than Hoke's. The book obviously isn't.

Disagree however about JJ Leigh. Feel she inhabits this not very bright but sweet natured creature and actually makes you feel sorry for her in the end. It's very difficult for an intelligent actor to play someone that much stupider than they are without seeing their craft. Case in point: Jodie Foster in whatever that thing was where she played that trailer trash who got raped in the poolroom. She's obviously slumming.

To get back on point, there was a wonderful black & white adaptation of The Woman Chaser playing the art houses last year. Really captured the off kilter sensibility.

John Lau

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