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THE BIG SLEEP (PRE-RELEASE VERSION)

12:30 ONLY

Saturday, December 13

Starring HUMPHREY BOGART and LAUREN BACALL

(1945, Howard Hawks) Unseen until its debut at Film Forum in 1988, this version, restored from a nitrate fine grain negative, is significantly different and includes eighteen minutes of footage that would wind up on the cutting room floor. Followed by a mini-doc, with archivist Robert Gitt comparing the two versions side by side. Approx. 116 min. 35mm. 

35mm restored print courtesy UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Reviews

“ONE OF THE GREAT FILM NOIRS, A BLACK-AND-WHITE SYMPHONY which exactly reproduces Chandler's tone of voice that keeps its distance, and yet is wry and humorous and cares.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“AN UNSENTIMENTAL, SURREALIST EXCITEMENT… about all which there is a fantastic quality. Witty and sinister, and in an odd way is a realistic portrayal of big-city life with Arabian Nights overtones.” 
– Manny Farber, The New Republic

 “By far the best Raymond Chandler adaptation.” 
– Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader