Strangers on a Park Bench: From Patricia Highsmith to Alfred Hitchcock to Woody Allen

  • Klara Stephanie SzlezákEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture book series (PSADVC)


Critics of Woody Allen’s 2015 film Irrational Man have commented on its echoing of themes treated in his previous films, most notably Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Match Point (2005). Others have found the film to be reminiscent of the works of Patricia Highsmith and Alfred Hitchcock. This chapter explores the exact trajectories that allow us to read Allen’s Irrational Man against the backdrop of Highsmith’s novel Strangers on a Train as well as Hitchcock’s 1951 eponymous movie adaptation. While Allen’s film is not an adaptation of Highsmith’s novel in the narrow sense, Irrational Man reveals a subtle and intricate relationship to it.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PassauRegensburgGermany

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