Friday, 4 March 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 88: Mon Mar 28

The Big Sleep (Hawks, 1946): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 5.30pm

Big Screen Classics is a new season at BFI Southbank. You can find details of the other two 35mm screenings of this film on 30th March and 2nd April here.

Chicago Reader review:
A very good movie (1946), and by far the best Raymond Chandler adaptation, but it isn't one of Howard Hawks's most refined efforts—it lacks his clarity of line, his balance, his sense of a free spirit at play within a carefully set structure. What you remember here are moments: Bogart's line about Martha Vickers (“Ain't she been weaned yet?”), Dorothy Malone in the bookshop, the broken roll of quarters pouring from a hood's fist, Bogart and Bacall's racetrack dialogue, the romance that is charted in the borrowing, lighting, and puffing of cigarettes. If you can figure out who killed the chauffeur, the world is waiting for the answer. With John Ridgely, Regis Toomey, and Elisha Cook Jr.; from a script by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman.
Dave Kehr
Here (and above) is the trailer.

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