Fuck this was great. Bogie and Bacall are obviously great, and the whole film was really engaging to watch. I absolutely loved it.
Warning fangirling below:
I love this movie so much. Everything is perfect: the editing, the pacing, the dialogue, the shot composition, the costuming, the sets, and the performances...oh the performances! I'm not just talking about Bogart and Bacall who are incendiary, but even the eight line extras are absolutely perfect.
The plot is dense but follow-able if one pays attention. Every aspiring filmmaker should be required to watch it.
Una obra maestra. No se puede decir más.
Great to watch this with an audience at Tufnell Park Film Club. I'd forgotten how many funny lines are in it. My favourite exchange:
Female Taxi Driver: If you can use me again sometime, call this number.
Philip Marlowe: Day and night?
Female Taxi Driver: Uh, night's better. I work during the day.
In this fiendishly complex whodunit Hawks takes advantage of the sizzling chemistry between Bogie and Betty that he first tapped into on To Have And Have Not. Chandler’s famous private dick Marlowe would be brought to the screen in many incarnations but none more effective than Bogie’s iconic portrayal. The plot is irrelevant; just revel in the scintillating dialogue and the directorial touches of a master craftsman.
*WARNING! THIS REVIEW IS MORE-ISH*
More twists than an Alton Towers roller coaster.
More cigarettes than outside an airport departures lounge
More sexier than my profile picture
More cooler than a polar bears toe nail
More Bogey than The African Queen and Casablanca combined
More noir than Chinatown
The more I think I about it, the more I loved it.
Classic film noir, a must see. The plot will only get more confusing the more you watch - don't worry, that's supposed to happen.
The best mysteries are the ones that make you care about the characters so much that you need them resolved for yourself. Les Diaboliques comes to mind. This is one as well.
The chemistry between Bacall and Bogart is so pure and electrifying that one simply needs to see them have a happy ending. And the danger is that, in noir, no such promises can be made.
A true classic.
Noir at its best. A fantastic script, a complicated, rich story with tension, turns and some surprises. The script is as witty as it can get and Bacall's and Bogie's performance are spot on, perfectly timed and charming as hell. Might be one of new favorite movies.
Howard Hawks is a big name in cinema as we should all know but is a filmmaker that I'm yet to explore, my first film from him was an absolute treasure. It stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, it's a very complex murder mystery which kept me in awe throughout. It's one of those films where I kept thinking I was pretty sure that I knew what was about to happen but the story was so well written that this…
Love the chemistry between these two, and love Phillip Marlowe, so it's hard to go wrong. I didn't even care that it was black and white.
What better proof of the skill of its filmic author Howard Hawks, and of its peerless star Humphrey Bogart, than the fact that THE BIG SLEEP remains one of the most wildly entertaining of the great films noir despite being rendered utterly incomprehensible by Hollywood censorship?
The carefully woven plot - replete in Chandler's novel with smutty pornographers, then-taboo homosexual love affairs, and morally bankrupt sexual promiscuity - is gutted here to conform to the demands of the Hollywood censorship…