Re: RARA-AVIS: Thompson and other novelists who wrote screenplays

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 07 Nov 2004

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jay Gertzman" <> To: "rara avis" <>

> I have been reading about Jim Thompson's collaboration with Stanley
> Kubrick on the latter's 3rd film, _The Killing_. Kubrick said he wanted
> Thompson's hard boiled dialogue, but the film clearly shows the
> novelist's influence in other ways. For example, the well thought out
> plan to steal millions from the race track unravels due to common
> people's uncommon obsessions and desires: a wife's disloyalty, her
> husband's masochism, a hit man's bigotry.

Jay, if you check out the excellent source material, the novel "Clean Break", I think you'll agree that you're attributing to Jim Thompson what is rightfully Lionel White's.


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