Long Center for the Performing Arts
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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. 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..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...• 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;..."
"...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."..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"..."Yeeee-hooo!" Bruno yelled back. "I'm a Texan!" -- Strangers on a Train, by Patricia Highsmith..."
"...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."..."
"...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..."
"...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..."