One-Two Punch: Pulp Writers on Film Series

Phantom Lady (1944)
Phantom Lady (1944)

Thanks to Dark City Dame for this news.

The University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMP/PFA) will from February 13, 2009 to February 28, 2009  screen a series of movies adapted from the works of four great pulp writers: Fredric Brown, Jim Thompson, Charles Willeford, and Cornell Woolrich

Friday, February 13, 2009
6:30 pm Crack-Up
In this hallucinatory noir based on a Fredric Brown story, Pat O’Brien is an expert in forged paintings with a tenuous grasp on the boundary between real and fake—in art and in life.

8:30 pm The Kill-Off
Maggie Greenwald captures Jim Thompson’s dismal vision of an off-season resort. “A nasty, claustrophobic little gem.”—Paper

Thursday, February 19, 2009
6:30 pm Miami Blues
Introduced by Don Herron. Fred Ward plays Charles Willeford’s detective Hoke Moseley, in pursuit of sociopath Alec Baldwin and collegiate call girl Jennifer Jason Leigh. “A pungent, blithely violent thriller.”—New Yorker

8:45 pm Black Angel
Introduced by Elliot Lavine. Dan Duryea and June Vincent in a booze-drenched B-movie version of the Cornell Woolrich novel.

Saturday, February 21, 2009
6:30 pm Phantom Lady
Robert Siodmak swathes a Cornell Woolrich mystery in Expressionist shadow.

8:30 pm Série noire
Introduced by Dennis Harvey. Patrick Dewaere is the perfect fall guy in “the darkest, daffiest, and downright dazzlingest adaptation of a Jim Thompson novel ever.”—S.F. Bay Guardian

Saturday, February 28, 2009
6:30 pm Screaming Mimi
Anita Ekberg goes from the madhouse to El Madhouse, a nightclub run by Gypsy Rose Lee, in this lusciously lurid psychodrama based on a novel by Fredric Brown.

8:15 pm The Woman Chaser
Introduced by Don Herron. A conniving used-car salesman turns his talents to the movie biz in this neon-drenched neo-noir, adapted from Charles Willeford’s novel.

Full details from BAMP/PFA

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