The Long Goodbye1973
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Critic Consensus: An ice-cold noir that retains Robert Altman's idiosyncratic sensibilities, The Long Goodbye ranks among the smartest and most satisfying Marlowe mysteries.
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as Philip Marlowe
as Dr. Verringer
as Jo Ann
as Real Estate Lady
as Detective Farmer
as Rutanya Sweet
as Piano Player
as Colony Guard
as Detective Green
as Detective Dayton
as Augustine's Hood
as Olive (uncredited)
Critic Reviews for The Long Goodbye
A masterpiece of sorts, it digs beneath the surface of the supposedly liberated spirit of the times to expose the ethos that took America into the Vietnam war and produced Watergate.
The film is so inventive in its situations and humor that its shortcomings - the blunt ideas at its core - don't become apparent before several viewings.
Raymond Chandler's sentimental foolishness is the taking-off place for Robert Altman's heady, whirling sideshow of a movie, set in the early-seventies L.A. of the stoned sensibility.
The Long Goodbye is a gloriously inspired tribute to Hollywood that never loses sight of what Los Angeles has become.
An uneven mixture of insider satire on the gumshow film genre, gratuitous brutality, and sledgehammer whimsy.
Audience Reviews for The Long Goodbye
Imagine walking down a riotous Bourbon Street in New Orleans one blurry Mardi Gras evening while following your best bud, who's not quite drunk but has had a few, and you'll get the sense Robert Altman and Elliot Gould convey in their 1970's spin on 1940's detective Philip Marlowe, which is kinda cool actually. The fact that very little of what's going on making any kind of real sense seems to be annoyingly quibblesome - just hang on. Seldom not interesting.
An intricate film noir satire that has all the elements that we expect from a Raymond Chandler story, only this time the protagonist of The Big Sleep is updated to the 1970s with a shocker in the end and a delicious melancholy song that will stay in your head for a long time.
So good, it hurts.
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