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Patricia Highsmith
The crime writer's dark world is stranger than (literary) fiction
Arts Story  July 24, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...The decadelong revival of classic crime novelist Patricia Highsmith continues apace, with a film of The Two Faces of January starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst opening stateside this fall, Todd Haynes' screen adaptation of Carol under way, and a reissue of her complete oeuvre in digital and print by Virago Modern Classics...."

The Talented Ms. Highsmith
Norton has reissued A Dog's Ransom and Little Tales of Misogyny from Patricia Highsmith, a Ft. Worth native whose disturbing brand of suspense could be "morbidly comic and surreal" or "traditional and believable," writes Tommi Ferguson.
Books Story  August 23, 2002, by Tommi Ferguson
"...Patricia Highsmith (1921-95), a Ft. Worth native who spent her writing life in New York and abroad, might be known best for her early thriller Strangers on a Train, made famous by Hitchcock's 1951 adaptation..."

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Like a pint of ice-cold Stoli dumped into the eggnog bowl, this black-hearted masterpiece arrives just in time to salvage the holiday movie season for those of you who are...
Film Review  December 24, 1999, by Russell Smith
"...Like a pint of ice-cold Stoli dumped into the eggnog bowl, this black-hearted masterpiece arrives just in time to salvage the holiday movie season for those of you who are just about one It's a Wonderful Life away from hyperglycemic shock. Minghella (The English Patient) is the second director to adapt Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name, but his film bears only slight resemblance to Rene Clement's equally terrific Purple Noon (1960)..."

Everything about this Fifties lesbian romance is sublime
Film Review  December 25, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Adapted by Phyllis Nagy for the screen from a 1952 novel by Patricia Highsmith, Carol began life as a book titled The Price of Salt. It was Highsmith’s second novel and was published under the pseudonym Claire Morgan, presumably due to its lesbian content..."

The Cry of the Owl
Based on the 1962 Patricia Highsmith novel, this mood-heavy film contemplates what happens to a stalker when the object of his obsession returns the favor.
Film Review  March 19, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starring: Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles, James Gilbert, Caroline Dhavernas and Gord Rand. This mood-heavy Canadian/German co-production, based on the 1962 Patricia Highsmith novel, contemplates what happens to a stalker when the object of his obsession returns the favor..."

The Cry of the Owl
Maybe it's me, but this alleged homage to the work of Alfred Hitchcock by Claude Chabrol acts as a textbook case of what's wrong with modern French cinema. Although Chabrol...
Film Review  April 3, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...Maybe it's me, but this alleged homage to the work of Alfred Hitchcock by Claude Chabrol acts as a textbook case of what's wrong with modern French cinema. Although Chabrol and co-writer Odile Barski have wisely taken as their source material a novel by Patricia Highsmith (who also wrote the novel upon which Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train was based), the movie itself never seems to work up the steam needed to engage the audience; it just sits there, looking dreary and all too nouvelle Francaise to elicit much of anything other than stifled yawns and the occasional raised eyebrow..."

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Screens Review  September 22, 2000, by Barry Johnson
"...The Talented Mr. RipleyD: Anthony Minghella (1999); with Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Anthony Minghella's adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's book of the same name takes the best of Highsmith's nasty sociocultural sentiments and drenches them with a crisp layer of humanity and overt homosexuality..."

Style! Cine! Swashbuckling!
Sampling the latest DVD has to offer
Screens Story  March 28, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Previously unavailable on Region 1 (U.S.- and Canada-friendly) DVD, these three seminal films by Wim Wenders make up some of the director's most exhilarating work in his pre-Wings of Desire era. The American Friend, from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, features Dennis Hopper as Tom Ripley, a far cry and a bit of a jolt for those used to Matt Damon's towheaded, amoral sneak (here, Ripley's an art forger)..."

Beware La Barracuda
A murder ballad comes to life in this Austin thriller
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Jessi Cape
"...Cortlund explains, "We have set out to make a suspense film and we were careful not to rely on well-worn paths for that. It would be very easy to have made a cheap thriller in the same pattern as Single White Female or something, but we were coming at this more from a position of great Texas writer Patricia Highsmith..."

Sheri Gallo's Long Campaign
Mapping a path to the Gallo's poll
News Story  December 8, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"...Campaign troubles continue to hound District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo. The incumbent last week was accused of purposely violating the 100-foot radius electioneering rule by parking her car within 30 feet of the Old Quarry Library on Far West and leaving campaign posters in the front and rear of her car windshields – "obviously for advertising purposes," Madelon Highsmith, who witnessed the infraction and contacted an election judge, relayed to the Chronicle..."

Austin Film Festival Announces First Wave of Titles
Lineup drops the latest from Todd Haynes and a Hank Williams biopic
DAILY Screens  August 19, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...Included in the lineup is the Texas premiere of Todd Haynes' new film, Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Kyle Chandler. The film is based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, The Price of Salt..."

Films Go Better With Bluebonnets
The Hill Country Film Fest features cinema amid the wildflowers
Screens Story  April 23, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A number of Austin filmmakers will be represented among the shorts, including Lauren Pruitt's "Highsmith," a drama set in the Fifties; Scott Cobb's "The There," in which a couple of former American expats reflect on the paths their lives have taken; and Lucas Martell's animated "The Ocean­Maker," which also screened at South by Southwest, and tells a story about a female pilot who fights pirates for control of the clouds after all the seas have disappeared...."

July Is Crime Month
As summer heats up, the 'Chronicle' runs afoul of the law, in fiction and nonfiction
Arts Story  July 3, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...• Amy Gentry's appreciation of Fort Worth native Patricia Highsmith, the novelist who gave us such chilling works as Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley;..."

Walgreens, what will you think of next? Plus, Hi.
Food Column  July 21, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Congress, 444-7437) owners Jen and Joseph Strickland recently welcomed a new member to their family. Tiny Highsmith Curcio Strickland (4.5 lbs.) bears the maiden names of two of his parents' beloved grandmothers and will be known as "Hi."..."

All Wrapped Up
From biopics to end-of-day thrillers, a look at the films you'll be standing in line for this Christmas.
Screens Story  November 26, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten, Sarah Hepola, Marcel Meyer and Marc Savlov
"...A slew of literary adaptations will also be prominent during the coming weeks. Among them are Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, John Irving's The Cider House Rules, Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, Graham Greene's The End of the Affair, David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars, Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted, Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr..."

The Swindle
Even if -- especially if -- your movie tastes run to the aggressively stylish textures and Benzedrine-cranking narratives of young filmmakers such as Doug Liman, Guy Ritchie, and Danny Boyle,...
Film Review  July 16, 1999, by Russell Smith
"...A fairly standard grifters' cross/doublecross setup drives the plot, but far more interesting is the extreme uncertainty that Chabrol introduces into the characters' intentions and motivations. Like the novelist Patricia Highsmith, whose material he adapted very successfully in The Cry of the Owl, Chabrol concocts intelligent, infinitely complex criminal characters who act out of such unorthodox motivations as slighted pride, insecurity, raging hubris, and simple misunderstanding..."

Making Lists
Books Story  December 31, 1998, by Dick Holland
"..."Yeeee-hooo!" Bruno yelled back. "I'm a Texan!" -- Strangers on a Train, by Patricia Highsmith..."

Tunnel Vision
The New Waller Creek
News Story  July 12, 1996, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Or at least that the process is only at its beginning. `I've been around here for 20 years and seen lots of work done on Waller Creek,' says the Sheraton's [general manager Jack] Highsmith, "and I think we're still about 100 consultants away."..."

Austin's Waterloo
Taking a Walk along Waller
News Story  July 7, 1995, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The current council, with its mix of enviros (one of whom, Shea, lives along Waller Creek) and downtown hawks, will probably want to pursue it, especially after dropping $1.6 million of Uncle Sam's money on a new hike-and-bike trail, and most especially if they want to create a creekwalk. "Without flood control being resolved, I don't know what they could hope to do along the creek," says Sheraton Austin manager Jack Highsmith, whose Sixth Street hotel (along with its twin, though separately owned, office building) overhangs the creek..."

Women of Mystery
Investigating the latest "persons of interest" in Texas' literary crime scene
Arts Story  February 25, 2016, by Molly Odnitz, Rosalind Faires and Jessi Cape
"...The novel follows Dix Steele, an ex-serviceman who graduated from flying jet planes to getting his kicks as a serial killer, as he stalks his next victim and plays a game of cat and mouse with an old army buddy who just happens to be working the case of Steele's latest victim. Before Patricia Highsmith had ever written Ripley, Hughes had already taken readers into the mind of a handsome, charming, and psychopathic "homme fatale," even as the "femme fatale" concept had just emerged..."

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