Though Tom Ripley has long loomed large in cinema, Todd Hayne’s “Carol” brought renewed interest in his creator, Patricia Highsmith. The writer credited with defining the modern thriller preferred the company of women, though that realization did not come easily. Her novels and short stories — elegantly suspenseful, soaked in unspoken desire — inspired many master filmmakers. Beginning January 19th, six will play New York’s Metrograph in the aptly titled series, “Based on a Book by Patricia Highsmith.”
The first is French director Claude Chabrol’s 1987 adaptation of “The Cry of the Owl,” which finds an illustrator’s obsession with his married neighbor landing him in unexpected danger. Starring Christophe Malavoy, Matilda May, and Jacqes Penot.
Thursday, January 19 at 2:30 pm & 5:30 pm.