Our classic film for March is a great example of star power at its best. Watch Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall burn up the screen in their second film together. The Big Sleep is one of the most unique adaptations of a detective novel ever brought to the screen. Director Howard Hawks turned Raymond Chandler’s most popular story into an absolutely mesmerizing celluloid masterpiece. Chandler’s complex novel was adapted for the screen by William Faulkner, and while we may never know for sure who committed one of the murders in this blurry crime noir, like all Hawks’ films, it is so incredibly entertaining we really don’t care.
The Big Sleep (1946)
Directed by Howard Hawks
L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case…and follows a trail peopled with murderers, nightclub rogues and the spoiled rich. Raymond Chandler’s legendary gumshoe solves it in hard-boiled style…with brisk pacing and snappy encounters (especially with very sexy Lauren Bacall). It is full of sharp dialog and dreamy images. This is extraordinary entertainment that grabs your attention quickly and holds it until the final shot. It is exciting and engaging, and a favorite of all detective film fans. Director Howard Hawks turned