Re: RARA-AVIS: Charles Williams' The Diamond Binkini

From: E.Borgers (
Date: 09 Jul 2006


Williams did indeed the dialogue for : LES FɌINS, film noir by Ren頊 Cl魥nt. The film is far from funny, but there are some moments of black humor and cynicism that are translated also into the dialogue of the film (film based on a Day Keene novel). Besides the two "Sagamore" novels and THE WRONG VENUS (to a lesser level), the rest of Williams' works is pretty noir and h-b, never humor orientated. On the other hand, except for being a caricature (close to satire) of the country world as depicted by Erskine Caldwell, I think THE DIAMOND BIKINI owes more to humorists for his inspiration than to the naturalist writers. In the past, on this list, Mark Twain was pointed to as inspiration for the "Sagamores", and I agree with that kind of analysis, especially remembering that the whole story is told by a 9 years old kid.


Ed Lynskey :
> --- Bill Crider <> wrote:
>> Charles Williams's THE WRONG VENUS is pretty funny, and not a
>> backwoods novel.
> I have that title around here, Bill. This might be a good time
> to read it, too. I can't recall if CW uses much humor in his
> noirs. His protagonist made a wisecrack in MAN ON A LEASH about
> rock-and-roll and Ricky Nelson I remember smiling at when I read
> it. Did Charles Williams' use humor in his movie scripts?
> Maybe in the French noirs he was involved in writing (I think he
> did the dialogue)?


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