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Daily Briefing. David Zelag Goodman, 1930 - 2011

Goodman's screenplays include Straw Dogs, Logan's Run, Eyes of Laura Mars and the 1975 Farewell, My Lovely.

"David Zelag Goodman, a screenwriter best known for such 1970s films as the controversial psychological thriller Straw Dogs and Lovers and Other Strangers, a comedy that earned him an Oscar nomination, has died. He was 81." Dennis McLellan in the Los Angeles Times: "Goodman's other film credits as a co-writer include Monte Walsh, a 1970 western starring Lee Marvin and Eyes of Laura Mars, a 1978 thriller starring Faye Dunaway. He also wrote the screenplays for Farewell, My Lovely, a 1975 adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel starring Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe; and Logan's Run, the 1976 science-fiction film starring Michael York."

"Goodman's work proved enduring," notes Carmel Dagan in Variety. Monte Walsh "was remade in 2003 as a TNT telepic starring Tom Selleck; Rod Lurie's remake of Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs was released two weeks ago; and a remake of Logan's Run, to star Ryan Gosling, is in the works at Warner Bros."

"Edgar Wright is best known in the United States for his feature films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs the World… For his Criterion Top 10 (plus one), Wright expounds upon his love for De Palma, Buñuel, Gilliam, the Monkees, and more."

Today's New York Film Festival preview: Howard Feinstein for Filmmaker.

Following Dave Kehr's review, more on Treasures 5: The West, 1898 - 1938 from the National Film Preservation Foundation: Daniel Eagan (Smithsonian), Glenn Erickson, Noel Murray (AV Club) and Farran Nehme.


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