THE WOMAN CHASER (1999 U.S.) D/W: ROBINSON DEVOR P: SOLY HAIM
Despite the low-budget, Devor`s debut manages to be a stylish and pretty much near pitch-perfect adaptation of Charles Willeford`s great blackly comic cult novel. Patrick Warburton (who narrates) is excellent as Richard Hudson, a succesful yet somewhat twisted and misguided California used-car salesman (and ladies man) who decides to branch out into the movie business with the help of a Hollywood Producer has-been father-in-law. He becomes the Writer-Director of The Man Who Got Away. Unless you`re familiar with the book, it`s full of surprises, and even if you are it`s a joy to see it done justice on screen. The b/w photography helps (although it was shot in colour, and apparently briefly released to cable like that, in a slightly shorter version), as does the exotica easy-listening soundtrack of Les Baxter, Tito Puente etc. I spotted a boom mic. briefly in one scene though.

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