Re: RARA-AVIS: SUSPECTS and Speculations

From: Jim Beaver (
Date: 01 Oct 2005

> On the other hand, the speculations on characters from the classic
> stories, like the characters from Maltese Falcon and Casablanca seem
> like great fun. Unfortunately for those among us who look at every
> riddle as a potential plot, the game has already been played, quite
> well, by the British film critic (well, film critic and many other
> things), David Thomson, in his 1985 leap-of-fiction, Suspects, a fun
> read that I would recommend to everyone. This book follows up on the
> histories of Brigid, Cody Jarrett, Travis Bickle, Roy Earle, Walter
> Neff, and many of our other favorite film characters, telling us of
> their stories from both before and after the curtains came down and the
> last pages and frames of film in their classic noir episodes.

It's a fine, fine book, with Thomson's prose quite elegant and his conceit far more sophisticated than the parlor game such exercises suggest. I guarantee you will never look at IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE the same way again.

Jim Beaver

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