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THE BIG SLEEP

12:30

Wednesday, December 17

Starring HUMPHREY BOGART and LAUREN BACALL

(1946, Howard Hawks) Hired by a hothouse-ensconced retired general to investigate his nympho daughter’s gambling debts, Humphrey Bogart, as Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, finds the dames keep throwing themselves at him, even as corpses keep dropping, while he and Lauren Bacall take time for memorable double entendres. Co-scripted  by William Faulkner. Approx. 114 min. 35mm.

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