Re: RARA-AVIS: Simenon's "Red Lights"

From: E.Borgers (
Date: 27 Sep 2004

I do not think Chandler comes even close to Simenon when speaking about the number of films made based on their novels.

Do not forget the multitude of novels produced by Simenon: 80 Maigrets, 120 non-Maigrets with higher literary intentions (lot of these belonging to noir). Films derived from his corpus until now are approx 65 to 70. Problem is that very few are of real quality. On top there are certainly at least 100 films made for TV and for TV series, wherein some very good Maigret adaptations.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

Jay Gertzman wrote:

>I saw the film "Red Lights", from the out of print novel by Simenon. It
>was excellent: about manhood, marriage, the culture of the automobile
>(as weapon, as well as method of travel), self-image, what the French
>describe as ennui or nausea, and about what family is. The background
>music is from DeBussy's "Clouds." The first time we hear the music is
>as background of a French superhighway. I believe many fine films have
>been made from Simenon's novels over the years, maybe more than any
>other crime writer except Chandler(?). It is a tribute to the depths he
>explores in his stories, and to his tight plotting

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