The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye © 1973 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Long Goodbye

classified 18

Out of Their Depth: Corruption, Scandal and Lies in the New Hollywood


Fri 26 July 17:00

Cinema 3, Watershed

Robert Altman
Elliott Gould, Sterling Hayden, Nina Van Pallandt, Jim Bouton, Mark Rydell,
112 mins, 1973, USA
Primary language

In his books The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye, novelist Raymond Chandler’s depictions of the sunny mean streets of Los Angeles and his wise-cracking private eye Phillip Marlow became a classic template for Hollywood cinema of the 1940s.

Robert Altman gives that format a distinctly 70s LA groove - complete with pot-smoking-all-women-hippie-commune neighbours - and a Marlow who is a closer relative of Jeff Bridges’ The Dude in The Big Lebowski than Bogart’s in The Big Sleep.

Elliott Gould’s dishevelled PI’s only crime is to try and con his cat into thinking it is getting its favourite brand of food, however a late-night visit from a Mexico-bound friend leads Marlow into trouble with both the cops and the mob. Unlike Bogart’s always-in-control detective Gould’s seems to stumble his way to, what turns out to be, an uncomfortable truth.

A 2K restoration c/o MGM and Park Circus

With an introduction by Sean Wilson, film journalist and author ofThe Sound of Cinema: Hollywood Film Music from the Silents to the Present.

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