Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Long Goodbye (1973)

The private eye film. I absolutely love crime fiction and crime films. This one's a real gem of not only the 70s but of all time. Gould's portrayal of Chandler's Phillip Marlowe as chain-smoking, mumbling, and to-the-point is classic.

I love the soft photography of the film. Los Angeles was certainly growing during this period. The shots of Gould standing near the shoreline of the beach, as a reflection in the glass are beautiful. Really indicative of the whole tone of the film--here's a loner and an outsider just reaching in to life in the big city. While it grows and changes, the city's culture grows and changes. Marlowe stays the same, but in the end, he's a little wiser for the better.


adam2781 said...

I also really enjoyed this film. The person I saw this film with was a giant scumbag though.

J.D. said...

A great film. I love the rambling nature of it and how Gould's character sort of mutters and mumbles his way through one scenario after another. Clearly, his character is meant to be a man out of step with the times, recalling a bygone era. Amazing stuff.