Hawks, as a director, seems to require an adjustment period for his particular brand of stagey, character-driven screenplay-films, and I think he really clicked for me with this one; it seems that his sensibilities work best for me when they're tempered by a more subsuming genre, like western or noir. With Hawks in noir mode, we have one of the most pleasurable films I've ever seen, a flurry of sexy repartee, screwball comedy, and Texan stand-offs, and not a…
I thought a rewatch might raise this a bit but my thoughts remained the same. I love it but there is something holding it back from being a favorite. Bogart is fantastic and is given such great dialogue to work with. I noticed this little script thing watching this time that was so great. The second time Marlowe and Rutledge meet they have a very playful moment. Rutledge says Marlowe likes to play games, he smiles and agrees. Much later…
I feel like Bogart was born to star in noir films. Hes absolutely mesmerising as private detective Phillip Marlowe. Absolutely everything about him and his character in this film was perfect.
His chemistry with Bacall was a little oversold I thought, but they did work very well together. I felt he had better chemistry with some of the 'side women' like the bookstore owner or the taxi driver (both of whom were absolutely radiant)
The story was interesting, and had…
Movie Club Night #3
Room Consensus: While there was some shifting in their seats during the back half of the film, everyone seemed to agree that it was a wonderful film. There was a lot of attention paid to Bogart's performance as Marlowe, how women are constantly throwing themselves at him and his ability to talk his way out of any situation. There was appreciation of the innuendo of the film and the overall humor. Nobody laughed at the "wrong"…
A cleverly written and complex film noir classic with great performances from Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Watched both the earlier "on the shelf" version and the later "theatrical release" version somewhat rearranged and in some cases reshot to emphasize Bacall more. IMHO, the later/final version is indeed better. The cost though was fracturing the plot just enough to make it "difficult" yet still comprehensible if the viewer tries hard enough. It seems to me this is part of the charm of the film, and I suspect the original version -while very good- would not have become…
This is a fun mystery movie. It is very old. It doesn't feel like it could happen today because it feels kooky and talky and we have been fed a steady diet of exposition and ultra-violence. In this film people treat each other in a way that is foreign to us in this day and age, which is either stylized by Hawks or a real reflection of the times. I don't think it was satire. The main events of the…
Scavenger Hunt - July 2016 | Film #11
Task #20: A movie mentioned in the book "The Film Club" 2008 by David Gilmour
"I liked that. I'd like more."
Those who know me, knows that I'm a huge fan of Lauren Bacall, and that I'm always a sucker for some good Bogie and Bacall moments.
I'm easily gonna admit that I was confused as hell during the last half of the film, but I still very much enjoyed it. The atmosphere, the performances, and the chemistry between Betty and Bogie sort of saved it.
Sure, I didn't know what was going on most of the time, but that doesn't mean I didn't love every minute of it.
It certainly made me sleepy trying to figure out who did what
Gotta love Bogie. Wonderful chemistry between Bacall and Bogart as well (unsurprisingly).
Mysterious and suspenseful, The Big Sleep was abundant in characters and intertwined plots which were used magnificently and executed finely. And who would ever forget the sound of Lauren Bacall? The chemistry between her and Bogart was very much discernible.
THE BIG SLEEP, 1946
Aspect Ratio: 1:37.1
Dir: Howard Hawks
DoP: Sidney Hickox