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April 28, 2018

1277.) The second and final part of my tribute to the single best Jim Thompson film adaptation ever, Alain Corneau’s Serie Noire (1979). It’s a brilliantly quiet crime film/character study that features a knockout performance by the late, much-missed Patrick Dewaere. He plays a con-man, door-to-door salesman who decides to kill an old woman hiding plenty of cash in her house – and then run away with her niece, a quiet girl who has fallen for him. In this episode, I’ll be talking about the film, and then we go from the crime itself to the beautifully understated finale. (In which Corneau wonderfully solves the narrative problems posed by Thompson’s “paperback original” novel, A Hell of a Woman.)