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Big screen classics

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.

Image from The Big Sleep + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

USA 1946
Dir Howard Hawks
With Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely
Certificate U

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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