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.
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