• harrydcjackson

    ★★★½ Watched by harrydcjackson 21 May, 2015

    nearly as confusing as inherent vice

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  • Ethan Magee

    Watched by Ethan Magee 20 May, 2015

    A very enjoyable film noir. Solid performances across the board and a complex story that keeps you engaged. Sometimes Bogart doesn't really seem a part of what's happening sometimes as if he just happens to be present for events happening outside of any influence he might have in the story, but this remedied as the story develops so this more a nitpick that affected my investment in the story, which hopefully won't deter anyone who might want to check this…

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  • Fay1939

    Rewatched by Fay1939 05 May, 2015

    Incomprehensible

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  • Rick Burin

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Rick Burin 03 May, 2015

    Pre-release version (1945) ****

    *A FEW SPOILERS*

    The Big Sleep is one of the most purely entertaining films of the 1940s, a zingy, slangy, sexy slice of film noir that takes full advantage of a classic Raymond Chandler story, a script by three of the best writers in Hollywood (including Leigh Brackett, who co-wrote Rio Bravo and The Empire Strikes Back), and Bogie and Bacall's sizzling chemistry.

    Shabby detective Philip Marlowe (Bogart) is hired by the ailing General Sternwood (Charles…

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  • Miles Hardman

    ★★★★½ Watched by Miles Hardman 02 May, 2015

    As with Chinatown and Inherent Vice more recently, Howard Hawks' adaptation of Raymond Chandler's 1939 detective novel is narratively incomprehensible. Like Chandler's source material, though, that's the whole point. The irrelevance of what is going on (emphasised by the imitation of the author's steely, astute dialogue here) serves to highlight the realism of the novel and the corruption, not only of Philip Marlowe's world, but also of traditional (British) detective fiction conventions.

    Yet, Hawks' problem with this picture adaptation is…

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  • Dave Holmes

    ★★★★½ Added by Dave Holmes

    Like most, I had no idea what the hell was going on with the convoluted plot of the film. And, as far as atmosphere goes, this film is not as noirish as some. But damn...the teaming of Bogie and Bacall - their sizzling chemistry - and their dialogue...damn. Hard-boiled, tough guy, tough chick, private dick heaven. Timeless stuff.

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  • Artorias

    ★★★★★ Watched by Artorias 21 Apr, 2015 3

    The Big Sleep has my third favorite screenplay of all time, I mean, the plot is highly intriguing, it takes constant turns and it becomes an old-fashioned bloodbath where everybody seems to get killed but what really shines is the perfect dialogue, it's witty, fast, it's comically stylized and always subversive which makes it thrilling as hell, every line is pure poetry which is great since this is a talky film. And there's no one like Howard Hawks to tell this story since he makes in two hours what others would make in five, the masterpiece's pumped with never stopping energy, leaving no dull moment.

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  • walterporto

    ★★★½ Watched by walterporto 14 Apr, 2015

    Ah, os noirs que dependem de diálogos e histórias excessivamente intrincados e de personagens que nunca aparecem. Mas como os atores brilham.

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  • Justin Harrison

    ★★★★½ Watched by Justin Harrison 16 Apr, 2015

    Howard Hawks gets storytelling and he gets people. Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart have astonishing chemistry together and individual gifts for language that make watching them an utter pleasure. What a fantastic, fantastic film.

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  • Michael Thompson

    ★★★★½ Watched by Michael Thompson 14 Apr, 2015 1

    Just about the only thing I didn't like in this film was the love story. Don't get me wrong, it's great and very interesting but did it really match up with everything else? Maybe I went into this with a "detective story" mindset instead of a romantic one, but something just felt off about it. Of course, I suppose something almost always feels off about romance in a film noir. How could two people who know next to nothing about…

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  • Rain Antonov

    ★★★ Watched by Rain Antonov 07 Mar, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm going to preface this review by saying that I've never been a fan of Humphrey Bogart, or the hyper-masculine stereotype that he helped popularize. I've also never been a huge fan of Howard Hawks for some reason, but I tried to put all those things aside before watching this film. And once I had dug down into the seedy world of Philip Marlowe, i found a well-made film noir about the search for truth and the impossibility of true…

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  • GCF

    ★★★★½ Watched by GCF 18 Mar, 2015

    Finally, I have seen the film that both The Big Lebowski and Inherent Vice take quite a lot of inspiration from. A purposely convoluted plot that doesn't tie together in a neat bow by the end. There are several spots that are left unexplained and untouched in how it exactly connects to the big picture. This is a quality that isn't necessarily in all detective noir films, but it is in some of my favorites. And it all arguably began…

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