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Based on a Book by Patricia Highsmith

January 19 to January 23

Introduced to a whole new generation when her pseudonymously published 1952 novel The Price of Salt became the basis for Todd Haynes’s lovely, plangent romance Carol, Highsmith (1921-95) was better known as a Mistress of Suspense, honored in her native America and her adopted Europe alike. Both pop phenomenon and revered psychological portraitist, her novels, gripped with unspoken desire, lucid about the role of class in international society, helped to define the modern suspense-thriller, and attracted the attention of some equally massive talents in the film world. Although Highsmith was often leery of the resulting films, these elegant, masterful works are finally important outgrowths of her lasting influence.