December 12: The Big Sleep

Thursday, December 12 2019 | 8PM The Big Sleep USA 1945 d. Howard Hawks with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone and Regis Toomey. Black and white. 114 m

“…that crime film with the virtually indecipherable plot, though it doesn’t really matter because the scenes, one after the other,
are so utterly compelling and enjoyable that after a while you shrug and think, who cares what’s going on, it’s all too much fun to worry about details like that…Tense and fast-paced, the picture has a pervasive intelligence and honesty that simply doesn’t date. One of my personal favorites for over half a century, The Big Sleep holds up well under repeated viewings because the black humor and generally evil atmosphere feel continually contemporary.”  [Peter Bogdanovich]

Links:  AFI  IMDB  Wikipedia

See Also: Scarlet Street (Lang, 1945), The Blue Dahlia (Marshall 1946),  Blade Runner (Scott 1982)

Series: Autumn 2019 :: Bogart/Bacall