Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Jim Thompson Story

I found that while dicking around on YouTube this afternoon. Jim Thompson is a writers I still know criminally little about and that most of America seems to ignore. This (very) short documentary piece was on the DVD extras of The Grifters, arguably the biggest movie that was created from one of his novels. Donald Westlake, among others is commenting about his love for Thompson's work. I am very enthusiastic about reading Thompson, because his world seems so vast and I barely even touched it yet. Take a few minutes of your time to watch this, I'm sure you will learn a thing or two about this under-appreciated writer.


  1. Pop.1280 was incredible, as was The Grifters.
    Two other movies have been made of his work, The Killer Inside Me, and After Dark My Sweet.

  2. Maggie Greenwald's version of The Kill-Off is a beaut. Great opening sequence of telephone wires criss crossing and the chatter of gossip.

    Thanks for that, Ben. I hadn't seen it.