Re: RARA-AVIS: Books to Films

Date: 28 Jun 2007

Colin wrote:

"Get Carter is an obvious and stunning rebirth of a (HB and very noir)?book in a film and I reccomend reading Max Decharne on the subject
(search on Gallon Drunk if you'd like to know more as I may have mispelled his name)."

Thanks, Colin. I didn't know Decharne wrote on this. I googled him, found he had written a whole book, Hardboiled Hollywood, on movies and the books they were adaped from. Went straight to Amazon and ordered a copy (along with a book he wrote on King's Road, but that's beyond our scope). He also wrote a book on "hipster slang" that's out of print.

Then I pulled out my copy of the Flaming Stars compilation, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, which has their version of the theme to Get Carter, along with the songs A Hell of Woman, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and the title track; another of their albums has an instrumental titled Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones. Here's a man who'd fit right in here. And two of his bandmates in the earlier band Gallon Drunk supplied the creepy backing music for Derek Ryamond's reading of Dora Suarez.


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