'The Long Goodbye' (1973) 100 Word DVD Review

April 18, 2009 § 1 Comment

Robert Altman’s odd revisionist take on Phillip Marlowe and the film noir genre is all at once a satire and serious detective story. Marlowe — played here by the irreducibly cool Elliot Gould — is once again caught between a rock and a hard place, surrounded by crooks and the sordid lives of 1970s Los Angeles’ elite.

Altman’s Marlowe is simultaneously an homage and a parody — a lonely, anachronistic relic from the 1940s who chain smokes, drives an old car and lives alone with his cat; Altman’s script manages to works on both levels as bleak comedy and mystery thriller.

(100 words)

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