Re: RARA-AVIS: The Woman Chaser movie (and the book)

From: Terrill Lankford (
Date: 03 May 2004

On May 3, 2004, at 6:44 AM, Jeff Vorzimmer wrote:

> I think it was a good, faithful adaption of the novel, unfortunately
> the
> quality of the print suffered from the decision to convert the final
> color
> film to black & white. It looses a lot of contrast over shooting with
> good
> black & white film.

That was one of the appeals of the color version. It also had a rich, kind of Kodachrome feel to it. It managed to still feel '50s even in color, but in a different way than the black and white version.

> The soundtrack was absolutely inspired, going with the exotica, rather
> than
> more obvious 50s crime jazz. I liked it, but I always feel I'm in the
> minority.

Maybe. But you're not alone in that small boat.

> BTW, if anyone's interested, I sell the never-released soundtrack on my
> website:
> Jeff

The film's producer gave me a copy of the soundtrack a few years ago. Coincidentally, I was just listening to it last week. It's terrific, too.

But while the music, photography, and performances are all very important, it all goes back to the words - and the words are very, very funny indeed (and the story functions as one of the great Hollywood fables). For all of that, we have Sir Charles Willeford to thank.


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