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The Most Famous Detective Film Ever?
The Big Sleep directed by Howard Hawks
and starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Private Detective Philip Marlowe is hired to
investigate a blackmail case in which a General's nympho daughter is
involved. Bogie finds, several murders later, that he has fallen in love
with her elder sister.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made screen history
together more than once, but they were never more popular than in this
1946 adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, directed by Howard Hawks
(To Have and Have Not). Bogart plays private eye Philip Marlowe,
who is hired by a wealthy socialite (Bacall) to look into troubles stirred
up by her wild, young sister (Martha Vickers). Legendarily complicated (so
much so that even Chandler had trouble following the plot), the film is
nonetheless hugely entertaining and atmospheric, an electrifying plunge
into the exotica of detective fiction. William Faulkner wrote the
thriller is archetypal Bogart and Bacall. Dripping with rich, sensual,
dark atmosphere, so that the complexity of the plot (it took me several
viewings over many years to get the hang of it) just doesn't matter -
don't worry about following every detail, just sit back and let this
stylish, classic noir soak in to your consciousness in its own good time.
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