The Big Sleep
+ intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large
Marlowe is supposed to be investigating the wealthy Sternwood family, but he’s distracted by a beautiful woman.
Dir Howard Hawks
With Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely
In Hawks’ justly celebrated Raymond Chandler adaptation, as Marlowe is drawn into investigating the wealthy Sternwood family’s many problems, money is a dark, defining source of motivation. What protects the detective from its corrosive, even deadly influence is that while he respects money, he doesn’t much care for it (as long as he’s paid); truth, integrity and the love of a beautiful woman count for more.
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