The Big Sleep (1946)
Even hardened film noir and Humphrey Bogart fans admit that this is one confusing movie. It makes sense, but it is edited down to such essentials, and it barrels along with the intensity of a bullet in a smoky canyon using overlapping dialog e and a shower of names, half of whom end up dead, it's really an impossible job for a mortal viewer.
And that's where it's aura, and magic, and legend, lie. It's a great film, and if it's flawed by its excessive velocity, it's defined by it, too. Enjoy Bogart as such, and Lauren Bacall for her sporadic appearances, and for Elisha Cook Jr. for a brief, wonderful splash. All the side characters, even the ones who are clearly only characters, are dripping with criminal drama. The photography is dark but never obscure, the action is fast but never unreasonable, and the lines are classic noir.
In fact, the dialog, if you are paying attention, is one of the gems of 1940s movies--really witty and cutting, and cunning. The movie is brilliant top to bottom, if only you could keep track of what was going on.
Suggestions: Read the plot in the Wikipedia entry before you watch the movie a second time. (The first time, just dive and and get lost. It's too much fun to care, if you can let go.) Watch Bogart's delivery, his physical presence, his wherewithal. Listen to Bacall sing (pretty darned good). Watch the amazing light and camera work (Sydney Hickox) with it's constantly moving perspective and layers of action. Follow the score (Max Steiner) which is appropriately restrained, turning just slightly when Bogart and Bacall are in scenes together.
Howard Hawks pulls of a quirky masterpiece here. You get to the end and frankly don't care too much, perhaps, about the outcome, about who survives and what their futures might hold. But that's fine, too. It might just make you want to watch it again. Good filmmaking does that.
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The Big Sleep (1946)
The Big Sleep is a movie starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and John Ridgely. Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
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The Big Sleep is the story of private investigator Philip Marlowe, who is hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter Carmen from being blackmailed about her gambling debts. Almost immediately, Marlowe finds himself deep within a web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling, and organized crime. With the help of the General's eldest daughter Vivian, Marlowe skillfully plots to free the family from this web and trap Eddie, the main man behind much of this mischief, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen.
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Lots of murders never looked and sounded to goodReviewed bysecondtakeVote: 9/10
The Big Sleep (1946)
...except maybe a completely coherent plot. Raymond Chandler's books tend to have so much plot that Chandler himself wasn't always completely sure what was going on. There is a famous story about this movie in which co-writer Leigh Brackett called up Chandler late one night to ask him who killed the chauffeur. Even HE didn't know. So, apologies to everybody who gets a headache trying to follow the story, but hey don't sweat the small stuff.
The Big Sleep has big pay-offs too.
1. Bogie and Bacall were never better, and their on-screen chemistry is the stuff of legend for good reason: their every scene together is like watching Ali take on Frazier. High powered Old Hollywood screen presence is a thing sorely lacking in what passes for drama in these days of 'reality' TV.
2. Whole sections of Chandler's dialogue were lifted right off the page, and this is the movie's best feature. Chandler was a master of hard- boiled dialogue, but he also mixed a lot of really funny bits into the fireworks, as Marlowe verbally probes and challenges everyone he meets. The creators wisely did not set out to 'improve' on Chandler, they just adapted his work for the screen.
3. The sort of viper pit atmosphere which modern Hollywood mostly fails to create in its thrillers is here in purest form thanks to smart choices of staging. The posh house in which Bogart/Marlowe meets his client is full of people, none of whom are completely suited to the place. The old general lives in his sauna-like greenhouse, and the girls seem So, right off, you get this eerie feeling of generalized wrongness on a soundstage filled with expensive-looking decor. As characters move to more comfortable surroundings (smoky gambling houses, and other dingy out of the way places of sin) the viewer gets to participate in the full film noir experience: seeing where casual crime encroaches on 'respectable' society as we follow around femmes fatales who are not to be trusted.
The Big Sleep is a convoluted mess that leaves you wondering, "What just happened?". Although the movie includes impeccable dialogue and incredible acting by Bogart (Marlowe) and Bacall (Vivian Reagan) with a strong supporting cast, the scenes move so quickly it may take several watches to figure what is happening.
Many times the scenes move so quickly, and so many characters are introduced I was left completely confused. There were so many subplots and characters intricately connected, it was difficult to follow. Such as the scene where the Sternwood's chauffeur died, I still cannot pinpoint who killed him. Bogart, encapsulates Marlowe perfectly, and Bacall who plays Vivian Reagan is able to bring out a convincing performance.
The rapid scenes and sudden actions by each character do not really leave any time to process what just happened. The movie does have an incredible score and sound effects, such as the gun shots. But, I was really not able to understand what was happening. Although the cast gives an incredible performance, I really could not understand all the points of the story.
Overall the music works perfectly with each scene and the cast does an admirable job, the confusing plot cannot be ignored. Throughout the movie I was left extremely lost and that really detracted from my enjoyment of the movie.