Almost two weeks ago we discussed Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith at length. I’ve been to crazy to post the discussions here, so let me fix that now and I will come back and blog about the book when i catch my breath.
Here is the discussion from Tuesday October 23rd, 2012:
Strangers on a Train discussion, Pt 1
And here is the discussion from Thursday October 25rd, 2012:
Strangers on a Train discussion, Pt 2
My sister and I went to see Strangers on a Train at http://www.atlanticfilm.com/media/archive/atlantic-film-festival-and-neptune-theatre-announce-winter-film-series in a local theatre that was prefaced by a lively conversation beforehand on storytelling and cinema techniques – brillant. Loved how the film served as an digestif for the conversations beforehand – a great way to take in a film.
We read the novel and I have been trying to setup a session where we can watch and compare it to the film, but the hurricane has threw us off our stride. I love the novel, but I’m not sure the film isn;t a bit crisper. What gets lost a bit, however, is the queer subtext as well as the overt Nietzchean superman references which interestingly enough harken back to Hitchcock’s Rope. It is amazing to see how influential Nietzsche’s thinking ( and existentialism more generally) is in hardbpiled/detective fiction fo the 20th century