Robert Altman

The Long Goodbye

Altman’s updating of Raymond Chandler’s classic detective novel to 70s LA makes for one of his greatest movies.

Image from The Long Goodbye

USA 1973
Dir Robert Altman
With Elliott Gould, Sterling Hayden, Nina van Pallandt, Mark Rydell
112min
Digital
Certificate 18

Updating Raymond Chandler’s novel to 70s LA, Altman turned detective Marlowe (Gould) – hired by a woman to find her novelist husband – into a shambling anachronism, his car, clothes, cat and moral values at odds with the world he inhabits. Packed with pithy cinematic and literary allusions and gags, with an incessantly prowling camera catching subtle nuances in the uniformly excellent performances, the film amply repays repeated viewings.