(Catching Up on the Classics Series)
The Big Sleep delivers the essentials of Humphrey Bogart and the film noir genre, and makes it clear why they are so beloved.
"What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a gun before? What do you want me to do, count three like they do in the movies?"
After being baffled by PTA's 'Inherent Vice' a few years ago, listening to analysis of that complex period crime story brought The Big Sleep to my attention. That's because it is often said that The Big Sleep is very confusing noir that doesn't make any sense. But I would say this film's reputation of being endlessly complicated is a bit of an exaggeration.
For the most…