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5 items from 2013

The Long Goodbye Blu-Ray Review

13 December 2013 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Robert Altman

Starring: Elliott GouldNina van PallandtSterling HaydenMark Rydell and Henry Gibson

Certificate: 12

Running Time: 112 minutes

Synopsis: When private eye Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is visited by an old friend, this sets in train a series of events in which he’s hired to search for a missing novelist (Sterling Hayden) and finds himself on the wrong side of vicious gangsters. So far so faithful to Raymond Chandler, but Robert Altman’s inspired adaptation of the writer’s most personal novel takes his legendary detective and relocates him to the selfish, hedonistic culture of 1970s Hollywood, where he finds that his old-fashioned notions of honour and loyalty carry little weight, and even his smoking (universal in film noir) is now frowned upon.

Even without knowing much about the brooding book series by Raymond Chandler, the character of gumshoe Philip Marlowe is one of those literary icons »

- Craig Hunter

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Suit Yourself: Elliot Gould in The Long Goodbye

11 December 2013 10:46 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Newly released on collectable Blu-ray, The Long Goodbye (1973, directed by Robert Altman) is the kind of film you feel ashamed for not watching more often. Starring Elliot Gould as Raymond Chandler’s pulp private dick Phillip Marlowe, this is a quirky, very seventies re-imagining of the Humphrey Bogart man-in-a-trenchcoat myth. The film is contemporary set, yet Gould’s Marlowe is a man out of place and time. Everything from his car to apartment to clothes is indicative of the P.I’s golden age; a world of cocktails, dames and pinstripe suits, not cat food, hippies and polyester.

Hollywood’s effortless private detective was created in the post-Prohibition era of the 1930s-40s, and into the 50’s. The noir stories of The Thin Man (1934), The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Big Sleep (1946), Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and beyond were characterised by a hero – generally not an anti-hero despite the dark tone – who dressed and acted a certain way. »

- Christopher Laverty

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Broadway Musical Actress, Altman Collaborator Has Died. Had Famous Show Biz Relatives

24 September 2013 5:12 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Broadway actress Marta Heflin dead at 68: Featured in several Robert Altman movies (photo: Marta Heflin in ‘A Perfect Couple’) Stage actress Marta Heflin, who was featured in a handful of movies in the ’70s and early ’80s, including three Robert Altman efforts, died on September 18, 2013, after "a long illness." Heflin (born on March 29, 1945, in Washington, D.C.) was 68. On Broadway, Marta Heflin was featured in the musicals Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Soon, and Jesus Christ Superstar (replacing Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene). Additionally, she was seen in Ed Graczyk’s Robert Altman-directed 1982 play Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, about a group of James Dean fans — among them Karen Black, Cher, Sandy Dennis, Kathy Bates, Sudie Bond, and Mark Patton — who get together on the twentieth anniversary of Dean’s death. Marta Heflin movies Along with her fellow Come Back to the Five and Dime, »

- Andre Soares

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Coolest Mom Ever Draws Awesome Superhero Pics on Napkins for Her Son's School Lunch

29 April 2013 11:20 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

  Sometimes the Internet makes us wonder if there is a network of moms and dads out there making awesome lunch-centric art for their kids just so websites like ours will write about it. We just looked at the lunch-bag art of a San Diego dad — including a great drawing of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters — and Design Taxi just introduced us to a creative mom who draws superheroes on napkins for her son. Brooklyn-based artist Nina Levy has been making her son Ansel the envy of his school since 2007 — that's over 2,000 drawings. We like her whimsical pairings of characters like Robin with… a Komodo dragon! We also approve of the number of dogs in capes that seem to fill Ansel's collection. In case you're feeling...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Robert Altman: The Hollywood Interview

15 February 2013 1:43 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Director Robert Altman.

Robert Altman: Eclectic Maverick


Alex Simon

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the April 1999 issue of Venice Magazine.

It's the Fall of 1977 and I'm a bored and rebellious ten year old in search of a new movie to occupy my underworked and creativity-starved brain, feeling far too mature for previous favorites Wily Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Return of the Pink Panther (1975), and wanting something more up-to-date and edgy than Chaplin's City Lights (1931). I needed a movie to call my favorite that would be symbolic of my own new-found manhood (and something that would really piss off my parents and teachers). Mom and Dad were going out for the evening, leaving me with whatever unfortunate baby-sitter happened to need the $10 badly enough to play mother hen to an obnoxiously precocious only child like myself. I scanned the TV Guide for what »

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