"You take chances."
In a Hitchcock film, the MacGuffin is an item. In a Howard Hawks film, it's the whole damn plot. William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman weave together about six different conflicts for Bogart's Philip Marlow to solve, but all of them are only excuses to pit him against a rogues gallery of alluring women. Like most Hawks' films, The Big Sleep is about gender politics, here, specifically, about the sexual tension brewing underneath a civilized shell.…
"What's wrong with you?"
"Nothing you can't fix."
The Big Sleep is the epitome of classic cool. Bogart and Bacall, trench coats and mink coats, hand guns and cigarettes. Back when men were all badass private detectives and women were all stunningly beautiful, rich, and a little nuts. This film is a blast to watch. I love all of the sexual innuendo being thrown around between Bogart and Bacall. And while the script is a tough one to follow, if…
Fascinating film, amazingly watchable.
Lauren Bacall will be missed not just because of her contribution to film, but as an independent voice.
A Howard Hawks-"Bogie-Bacall" double bill with the adaptation of Raymond Chandler's masterful detective story that resulted in one of the key film in the genre of film noir.
The film began with an incredibly baffling yet interesting setting in a greenhouse where General Sternwood met the private detective Philip Marlowe to discuss about what he wanted him to investigate.
As Marlowe was ingrained in the minutia of the case, you could see his shirt drenched in sweat which from the…
We watched this tonight in tribute to Lauren Bacall and as a fitting follow-up to last night's Insomnia. Maybe I was just more in the mood for it, but I liked this a lot more than I did last time I saw it over a decade ago. The plot is just as tangled as I remembered (though I did manage to follow it!) and the dialogue and performances were stellar.
The version of the film that we watched this evening…
I offhandedly suggested we add in a movie night this week to watch this in tribute to Lauren Bacall, and we didn't have time during the week, so Jonathan picked it for his turn on our regular movie night! He hadn't seen it before, and ended up loving it, so it worked out great.
I've seen it a half dozen times, but I'm always thrilled to watch it again. I had such a crush on Bogart in this back in the day.
"Nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy"
I liked that. I'd like more.
Who was the real star here? Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall or the completely unrealistic, cynical, rapid fire yet impossibly entertaining dialogue? The plot maybe indecipherably convoluted but that doesn't matter as you get to see Bogart and Bacall verbally declare war on each other in a Howard Hawks films.
It's easy to forget that this was only Bacall's third film and that she was only 20 years old at the time. Her…
RIP Lauren Bacall.
The Big Sleep is from the time when the american cinema was probably the best, especially because the americans knew how to tell stories. Now it seems that the directors and writers only want to tell us something we already know because, most of the time, the films are predictable as hell, while directors like Howard Hawks keep us stuck to the screen from the beginning to the end of the film beause we never know what's going to happen…
She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up.
- Philip Marlowe
And so I finally return to The Big Sleep and give it a much needed re-watch, partly because I should've already done so and partly in memoriam of the great Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall. My first watch came when I was going through Bogart's entire filmography a few years ago, and although I liked it I felt like its convoluted plot and sparsely interesting characters…
No one has ever been sexier than these two.