The Big Sleep (1946)
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The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler's cynical private eye Philip Marlowe. Summoned to the home of the fabulously wealthy General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), Marlowe is hired to deal with a blackmailer shaking down the General's sensuous, thumb-sucking daughter Carmen (Martha Vickers). This earns Marlowe the displeasure of Carmen's sloe-eyed, seemingly straight-laced older sister Vivian (Bacall), who is fiercely protective of her
Aug 31, 1946 Limited
Feb 15, 2000
Warner Bros. Pictures
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The Big Sleep, though, is witty and sinister, and in an odd way is a realistic portrayal of big-city life with Arabian Nights overtones.
Brittle Chandler characters have been transferred to the screen with punch by Howard Hawks' production and direction, providing full load of rough, tense action most of the way.
Don't try too hard to follow the story, just get swept away by the mood of the film.
Hawks' film noir remains legendary, despite complicated and convoluted plot, due to its star power and chemistry between Bogart and Bacall.
Oozing class from start to finish, Howard Hawks' 1946 noir isn't just a Hollywood classic.
No screen couple, before or since, had as much chemistry as Bogart and Bacall.
Try to see the original version, which explains the plot better and has better story telling.
If anyone ever tries to make the argument that plot is more important than anything else in cinema, this is a great movie to throw in their face.
The direction, cinematography, screenplay, brooding score and acting in this movie are all without fault. If you see one film noir movie in your life, make it this one.
Bogart as Marlowe is compelling in this classic thriller that is complex but triumph of atmospheric cool.
Tribes of monkeys doing monkey things, albeit things related to the perforation of the flesh: murder and blood and sweat and sex.
True classic Bogie and Bacall, even though plot is way out puzzling in many ways.
It matters not that even the writers (including William Faulkner) weren't sure who shot whom in Hawks' rousing adaptation of the Raymond Chandler detective novel.
There's little else I can add about this proto-noir, one of the archetypes of the genre and a showstopper for Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, who spar through a catty romance while dancing through a taut mystery.
A trama extremamente complexa é uma mera desculpa para os diálogos perfeitos e para a presença sempre intensa de Bogart.
Audience Reviews for The Big Sleep
- Agnes Lowzier: Wish me luck, Copper. I got a raw deal.
- Philip Marlowe: Your kind always does.
- Philip Marlowe: You do sell books don't you?
- Agnes Lowzier: What do those look like? Grapefruit?
- General Sternwood: If I seem a bit sinister as a parent Mr. Marlowe, it's because my hold on life is too slight to include any Victorian hypocrisy. I need hardly add any man who has lived as I have and indulges or the first time in parenthood at my age deserves all he gets.
- Philip Marlowe: She tried to sit on my lap while I was standing up.
- Vivian Sternwood Rutledge: So, you're a private detective. I didn't know they existed, except in books, or else they were greasy little men snooping around hotel corridors. My, you're a mess, aren't you?
- General Sternwood: You may smoke, too. I can still enjoy the smell of it. Hum, nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy. You're looking, sir, at a very dull survival of a very gaudy life, crippled, paralyzed in both legs, barely I eat and my sleep is so near waking it's hardly worth a name. I seem to exist largely on heat like a newborn spider.
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