“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. And A Corpse Or Two About The Place, Apparently

Opportunities to see the rather refined Siobhan McKenna play a loony Irish serial killer don't swing around that often, but May 16 at the IFI is the time and place to be for Daughter of Darkness, a little-known trashy thriller from 1948 that comes on like a B-movie Powell & Pressburger. "For a film of absolutely no reputation, with zero out of four in Halliwell's, directed by a man regarded with as much respect as Ed Wood, this Gothic psychodrama is really rather good," says our man at IMDB, who's obviously a little too au fait with the whole 'damned with faint praise' rigmarole ...

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