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"The Woman in the Window" : What to Watch Before You Read
“It isn’t really paranoia if it’s really happening…”
I’m going to let you in on a little tip. There’s a book coming out in January 2018 that everyone will be talking about. It’s called The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn. It will be the next big “It” book. Think Gone Girl, or The Girl on the Train. Those were “It” books; ones that publishers all fought over in heated auctions; ones with movie buzz before the books even came out. Books that everyone seemed to be talking about. Books with lots of holds. Books that everyone was reading.
I won’t go into specific plot details, so no spoiler alert is necessary. I’ll only note the obvious comparison to thrillers like Rear Window. This book is Hitchcockian. It does not shy away from these kind of comparisons, as the main character’s own movie viewing activities throughout the book provide a comprehensive must-see viewing list of classic films and noir-ish thrillers. And what better way to prepare for the release of an “It” book than to immerse yourself in the materials referenced in the book?
Text from the book is occasionally included below for context. A number of books and authors are referenced throughout the book -- Jude the Obscure, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5, War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Tennyson, Shakespeare, She's Come Undone ("Come undone. She’s come undone. That was a book, I believe. I never read it.") -- but the list below contains only the films.
A number of these films and other classics are available to stream in Kanopy so if you have a New York Public Library card be sure to check there!
Without further ado, below are all the films referenced in A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window. Start watching them now. You have a few months to prepare before the paranoia sets in.
Airplane! “Bulbs need changing? It’s dark in here.” I like it dim,” I say. Like my men, I want to add. Is that the joke from Airplane!?"
Les Diaboliques “A rat-bastard husband, his “little ruin” of a wife, a mistress, a murder, a vanished corpse. Can you beat a vanished corpse?”
"Graham Greene series @ Angelika this w/e?"
“As a teenager I preferred the company of Gene Tierney and Jimmy Stewart to that of my classmates.”
“Top movies from the bumper crop of 1944. Joseph Cotten’s finest moments.”
"Best Hitchcock films not made by Hitchcock:"
Sudden Fear “starring Joan Crawford’s eyebrows”
"...movies that postdate Hitch:"
"Popular film misquotes."
Star Wars “I’m only human."
“I feel as though I’m at a movie and the film is over and the lights are up and everyone’s filed out of the theater and I’m still sitting there, trying to work out what happened.”
"What? What's funny?"
“It’s just that it’s very you to liken this to a movie.”
Signs “middling film, splendid Bernard Herrmann-esque score…”
Gaslight “If I dream things when I’m awake, I’m going out of my mind.”
Foreign Correspondent “- the windmill scene, at least.”