Cracher Sur Vos Tombes
1959 - Michel GAST - France
I Spit on Your Grave
Another flop upon release, re-distributed in 2004, adaptated from
the novel of Boris Vian (my favorite author!). Touching on racism
in the southern states, through the revenge of a light-skinned
african-american who pretends to be white, both the novel (written
under a pen-name) and the film made a scandal at the time. The
film has everything of a B-movie (with a gorgeous B&W photography
though), but the original atmosphere developped by Vian is exceptionnal.
As Vernon Sullivan, Boris Vian wrote a few pseudo-american crime
books, pretending he was only the french translator. Guns, Chicks
and Jazz sums up the subversive/dissolute/noirish lives of his
characters in countryside America. Stereotypical and romanticized
in a noirish way, it depicts an ideal, for the best and the worst,
of a typical era, like the westerns for the pre-WW2 Jazz years.
Either the books or this gem of a film are recommended. I'd like
to know how americans react to Boris Vian's vision.