RARA-AVIS: Goodis_ some details

From: E. Borgers ( webeurop@yahoo.fr)
Date: 04 Jan 2007

  "Cassidy's Girl" (1951, and his first papeback original- sold close to 1 million copies), even being a good novel is IMO not really representative of later Goodis (even if part of his universe is already in it, his bleak views...aso). This novel is something really rooted in the naturalism trend in favor during these days.
  It's certainly a lit. current that influenced a lot the modern noir, but I think that in "Cassidy's Girl", Goodis wanted do do something of that order.
  "Down There" (1956) is the original title of the novel. Later it was re-published as "Shoot the Piano Player" because of Truffaud's French film. This film simply took the title of the French translation, of the novel (in Serie Noire) TIREZ SUR LE PIANISTE (1957).
  Later, the translation in English of the film title was also adopted for reissues of the novel in English.

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