Pulp Fiction: 2 x David Goodis

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In the pantheon of American crime writers—those masters of noir whose powerful vernacular style and dark and subversive themes transformed American culture and writing—David Goodis was a unique figure. Born in Philadelphia, he brought a jazzy, expressionist style and an almost hallucinatory intensity to his spare, passionate, uncompromising novels of mean streets and doomed people. Though little acknowledged during his lifetime, he has long enjoyed an international cult following, and his works have been adapted for the screen by directors including Sam Fuller (Street of No Return), Jean-Jacques Beineix (Moon in the Gutter), Jacques Tourneur (Nightfall) and, most famously, François Truffaut (Shoot the Piano Player). On the occasion of the Library of America’s new Goodis anthology, comprising five novels from the peak of his career, we are pleased to present two classic, rarely-screened film noirs based on Goodis’s work.

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Nightfall & The Burglar

Nightfall & The Burglar

Discussion between screenings with Goodis anthology editor Robert Polito and Library of America Editor in Chief Geoffrey O’Brien.

Philadelphia-born pulp expressionist David Goodis brought jazzy style and almost hallucinatory intensity to his spare, uncompromising novels of mean streets and doomed protagonists. On the occasion of Library of America’s new Goodis anthology, we present two rarely-screened film noir classics adapted from his work: Nightfall (Jacques Tourneur, 1957) and The Burglar (Paul Wendkos, 1957).

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