Classic Altman

Rating: NNNNNTHE LONG GOODBYE (Robert Altman, 1975), Robert Altman's strange, pot-haze adaptation of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, is.

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THE LONG GOODBYE (Robert Altman, 1975), Robert Altman’s strange, pot-haze adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, is a 70s classic. While the Royal has a series of 70s trash this week, the Paradise is screening this gem. Elliott Gould stars as Philip Marlowe, adrift in contemporary L.A. after doing a favour for a friend who may have committed murder. Chandler purists cried foul, but as Dude observes in the Coen Brothers’ Chandler pastiche, The Big Lebowski, “That’s just your opinion, man.” With Sterling Hayden’s great performance as tortured Hemingway-esque novelist Roger Wade, one of Altman’s most aggressively complex soundtracks and the film’s deeply layered mise-en-scène, The Long Goodbye is one of the defining moments in 70s cinema, an era when “difficult” films were popular. Arrive early and see the polar opposite film, Howard Hawks’s adaptation of Chandler’s The Big Sleep, which is famous for the crackling chemistry between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and for the fact that no one, including Chandler, could figure out who killed the chauffeur. NNNNN (Thursday, December 6, Paradise)

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