This Friday we take on one of the two most well known DETECTIVE NOIR films.* This one was originally written by Raymond Chandler, who we saw did scripting work on last week's offering. The Big Sleep was one of the Philip Marlowe detective novels, with a ton of twists and turns.
Famously, it wasn't exactly hard to bring to screen, but every once in a while someone on set would ask "wait, why is this happening?" and they'd go to the script, then the book, then call Chandler and he'd be like "I don't remember." But they made the movie anyway.
Frankly, I don't know why people find it so complicated. If you can keep up with the average prestige television shows and all the twists and turns, this really isn't that big of a deal. But it has its reputation.
It's also what crime and detective books love to knock off. If you can find an old, decaying man hiring a detective and there's a goof of a sexpot somehow attached, someone saw this movie or read this book (see: The Big Lebowski). Personally, I heart this film. It's Bacall and Bogie having a killer time, plus all the supporting players are fantastic - and it's where a million noiristas decided to love Dorothy Malone for being the most low-key thirsty girl in cinema.
Day: Friday - 11/12/2021
Time: 8:30 PM Central/ 6:30 PM Pacific
Service: Amazon Watch Party
*the other is Maltese Falcon