Re: RARA-AVIS: Willeford's The Woman Chaser

From: Dave (
Date: 25 Jan 2001

> I've posted here before that I thought it was an excellent movie -- and some of
> its real creativity comes from maximizing the budgetary limitations -- there's
> so slo-mo of Hudson's directing the little girl's running through a field off
> the highway before she gets hit by the truck that's just breathtaking. All done
> in one shot, and that's all you need.

When they talk about scoring his picture, Hudson says something like "I'll just get some old spade with a guitar to do the music..." Later, they show this old black guy laying down these raunchy distorted John Lee Hooker licks, as he watches and scores the truck's bearing down on the girl -- and it's chilling and powerful.

The book is almost surreal in its black comedy. The movie uses campy lounge and salsa music and black and white photography to capture its spirit.

Highly recommended from this camp ...

> People here said it was very good, though. How did they handle the
> movie Hudson makes, THE MAN WHO GOT AWAY? Was much of it shown?

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