DVD & Blu-ray review: The Long Goodbye (18)
Robert Altman DVD/ Blu-ray (107mins)
Friday 03 May 2013
Robert Altman subverts virtually all noir genre rules in this loose-limbed adaptation, updated to 1973 LA, of Raymond Chandler’s most satisfying Philip Marlowe mystery.
A laconic Elliott Gould, who seems to spend the entire film speaking with a cigarette in his mouth, plays the cat-loving gumshoe who gives his flawed pal a lift to Tijuana and ends up in a heap of bother, involving Sterling Hayden’s sozzled author and some hoods (including, briefly, Arnie Schwarzenegger). Full of overlapping dialogue, droll remarks and menace.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
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