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8/21 Not So Beautiful Losers

Posted by novoscene on August 21, 2008

The life of pulp fiction novelist David Goodis reads like that of one of his main characters-A sad sack, down on his luck but high on his dreams, toils like mad in some dank hole, finally gets discovered and joins the “respectable class,” only to screw it up and find himself back on those same streets he wrote about so longingly. Art imitating life or just a bad roll of the dice.  Whatever the case, Goodis’ writing lends itself to gritty film noir adaptation.
During his stint in Hollywood and even after he died, Goodis’ work inspired the work of filmmakers, screenwriters and actors eager to capture an authentic street voice. Throughout August, BAM/PFA has been screening programs of work inspired by Goodis’ novels (legend has it that some days dude knocked out like 20,000 words a day-fuck writer’s block). Tonight there’s a triple screening, two short versions of the Goodis story “The Professional Man” and the love ‘n guns flick “And Hope to Die” based on the Goodis novel “Black Friday.-kwan

Noir Cinema: The Professional Man/Hope to Die
$9.50
BAM/PFA Theater
2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

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