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Michael C here to introduce my new column: Burning Questions. Every week I will tackle an issue of pressing importance to film lovers the world over - or I'll just let fly with whatevers on my mind when I sit down at the laptop. Either way, I'm jazzed to get started. First up, the question of the "career honors" Oscar win.
One of my most vivid memories as a young Oscar viewer is the '97 race when Juliette Binoche beat out Lauren Bacall’s heavily-favored performance in The Mirror Has Two Faces. The press had declared Bacall a mortal lock. Not only was she Hollywood royalty, she was overdue Hollywood royalty. Should've been nominated for To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep and a half dozen others, so forget everything else and bet the farm on the former Mrs. Bogart. The unmistakable shock on both her and Juliette’s »
- Michael C.
Milch's Redboard Productions has signed a multi-year deal with cable network HBO which includes developing television series and films based on the American Nobel laureate's writing. The agreement covers Faulkner's 19 novels and 125 short stories, and follows what Milch told the New York Times were "months" of discussions with the William Faulkner Literary Estate.
Although Faulkner himself worked as a Hollywood screenwriter, working on the screenplays for the film versions of The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not, his own writing is frequently labelled as unfilmable. A loose adaptation of his novel The Sound and the Fury was made in 1959, however, »
- Alison Flood
Pamela Hutchinson tops up our writers' favourite film series with a passionate paean to Fw Murnau's monochrome melodrama
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The twist is supposed to arrive at the end of the movie, but Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans pulls the rug from under our feet just a third of the way in. We're suddenly offered a chance of happiness, as the film diverts down an unexpected path. It's a disconcerting but ultimately liberating jolt – as if Humphrey Bogart had stopped following Lauren Bacall around in The Big Sleep and taken that nice librarian out for dinner instead.
Sunrise begins, as so many great films do, with the promise of sex and the threat of violence. Two clandestine lovers meet in the moonlight and dream of committing the perfect murder. But is Man (George O'Brien) really prepared »
- Pamela Hutchinson
Welcome to our weekly Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panel breaks down the most recent episode (see our official review from last night) of our favorite show in even greater detail.
Below, Tvf CEO Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy) and managing editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) join writers Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines to discuss "The Big Sleep No More."
Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!
1. What was your favorite quote from the episode?
Courtney: I have to go with Gossip Girl’s headline on this one ... ”Nate Archibald’s Cougar and Cub in Pride War.” Classic Gg. Even if she is a blogger who blasts other people, the girl is clever and has a serious way with words.
Christina: Chuck: “Maybe we’re maturing too fast.” Oh, the irony. While Nate's still always thinking about cubs and cougars, and »
- email@example.com (Steve Marsi)
In our writers' favourite films series, Tony Paley saddles up for a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage in the old west
• Did this review miss the target? Fire away with your own attempt here – or get set for a showdown in the comments
Move aside Hitchcock, Welles, Ozu and Ophüls. They only managed to make what I consider the greatest movies. Howard Hawks made the ones I love.
Rio Bravo, not to be confused with Rio Lobo or the director's other pale imitation, El Dorado, is Hawks's masterpiece. And a weekend BBC movie matinee slot some three decades ago was a perfect introduction. Watching Rio Bravo demands the best part of an afternoon or evening and a particular frame of mind. It is a nigh-on two and a half hour western in which the tumbleweed lazily rolls across the main street from one character to another. Of course there are shootouts, »
- Tony Paley
In our writers' favourite films series, Rosie Swash explains why she is bowled over by the Coen brothers' surreal masterpiece
• Big-up your version of The Big Lebowski by posting your review – or go large in the comments
• Dudeism, the faith that abides in The Big Lebowski
Before we get into this, I should say that my other favourite film is Casablanca. Romance, sacrifice, heroism, war; Casablanca has it all. But does it have the Dude engaging in a plan to confront an adolescent car thief while watching his landlord perform an interpretative dance while dressed as a tree? No, it does not.
Like a teenager who discovers Che Guevara T-shirts, there is nothing original or particularly inspired about liking The Big Lebowski. So predictable, you'll say. Dear God, it's not even the best film by the Coen brothers, have you not seen Barton Fink? Year after year, I watch films that make me cry, »
- Rosie Swash
Fans of hard-boiled detective novels – and the movies they’re made into – worship at the altar of Raymond Chandler (The Long Goodbye, The Big Sleep) and Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man), but unless you’re seriously into noir, the name Ross MacDonald is often skipped. MacDonald wrote a series of highly praised private eye yarns featuring a SoCal detective named Lew Archer.
Two of Archer’s eight adventures were filmed (with Archer’s name changed to Lew Harper, for whatever reason) as Harper in 1966 and The Drowning Pool in 1975, both starring Paul Newman as the gumshoe. Now, Deadline reports that The Matrix and Sherlock Holmes super-producer Joel Silver is reviving the series with Warner Bros., staring with the eighth novel of the series, The Galton Case.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Directed by Wim Wenders.
Synopsis: When and old detective friend shows up at his door, pulp fiction writer Dashiell Hammett gets involved in a world of gangsters and double-crossers that he thought he had left behind.
Hammett is a curiosity. It's a 1982 take on the Film Noir genre, based on a fictionalised story about Dashiell Hammett, the writer of pulp detective novels such as The Maltese Falcon. It seems to have slipped into obscurity since then however, and only now is getting a proper UK DVD release with, bizarrely, no sign of a Blu-ray in sight.
Hammett apes the great detective films of classic Hollywood, particularly Hammett's own most famous work, The Maltese Falcon, but also the likes of The Big Sleep. The novel twist of Hammett is that it's the writer doing the detective work. »
What would happen if Philip Marlowe met James Bond over drinks? It's fun to think about, but we'll probably never know. Now, however, we can know what happened when their two creators, the American Raymond Chandler and the British Ian Fleming, met in 1958 and recorded this interview/discussion about their craft. A transcript is available via Pdf, or fans can listen to a recording of the 24-minute interview. Ian Fleming Talks to Raymond Chandler 1958 from 33hirtz on Vimeo. Chandler was about 69, and just a year away from his death. He had already published his greatest works, which had been made into the films The Big Sleep (1946), The Long Goodbye (1973), and Farewell My Lovely (1975); he also worked on the screenplays for Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity...
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
This superb poster for Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye—one of my very favorite films—was illustrated by the great Richard Amsel (1947-1985). Amsel was a prodigy whose career hit the ground running when, aged 22 and still a student at the Philadelphia College of Art, he won a nationwide contest sponsored by 20th Century Fox to design a poster for Hello Dolly. For the next 15 years, until his untimely AIDS-related death at the age of 37, Amsel illustrated some of the best loved posters of the '70s and early '80s, including, most famously, those for The Sting and Raiders of the Lost Ark. His poster for The Long Goodbye is one of his more elegantly spare designs, conveying Elliott Gould's rumpled, tough guy charm as Philip Marlowe, as well as a hint of mystery in Nina Van Pallandt's robed figure in the doorway. Just the elements »
Jennifer Jones, Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Beat the Devil Humphrey Bogart on TCM: The Caine Mutiny, The Maltese Falcon, Sahara Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) Stephen Bogart hosts this one-hour special on the life and career of his legendary father, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Chris Hunt. Cast: Stephen Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Robert Sklar. C-46 mins. 7:00 Am Bullets Or Ballots (1936) A cop goes undercover to crack an influential crime ring. Dir: William Keighley. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane. Bw-82 mins. 8:30 Am San Quentin (1937) A convict's sister falls for the captain of the prison guards. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan. Bw-70 mins. 9:45 Am King Of The Underworld (1939) A lady doctor gets mixed up with a criminal gang. Dir: Lewis Seiler. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson. Bw-67 mins. 11:00 Am To Have And Have Not »
- Andre Soares
Hello all! My name is Nick McCathy, and I’ve been a reader—and unfortunately infrequent commenter—of The Film Experience for roughly six years. Nathaniel recently introduced me here, and it's a pleasure to meet you all as well. I’ve written for The L Magazine, Boston Phoenix, Moviefone, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Blog, and now I’m glad to find an occasional home here. I hope you find my credentials worthy, my spirit playful, and my addition to this palace of cinema and actressexuality that Nathaniel has built to be inspired.
In direct contrast to my introduction, I would like to start by celebrating a few celebrity birthdays, and congratulate them for continuing the tradition of living (well, except one of them).
C Phillip Dattilo Harry Dolan
Dolan, author of the best-selling novel, “Bad Things Happen” and its recently-released sequel “Very Bad Men,” spent his college years reading a lot of the famously gritty writer’s work.
It makes sense. His book, »
- Nick Andersen
"Hawks was a visionary filmmaker who lasted from the silents to 1970. When I was in film school, the big director everyone talked about was John Ford. But I always thought Ford, who was Irish, was more of an immigrant director. Many of his themes were very European, as were his views of women, the family, and motherhood.
"But Hawks was a modern director. His women were strong and modern and put up with no bulls**t. I really responded to that because it felt real and American."
- Elizabeth Snead
There are private detectives, and then there is Philip Marlowe. The iconic investigator created by Raymond Chandler has existed in the form of the written word since 1939, and on the big screen since 1942’s The Falcon Takes Over.
Embodied on the silver screen by such icons as Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum (both of whom starred in respective adaptations of The Big Sleep, Chandler’s most famous, and first true, Marlow piece), The Warner Archive has given the world the chance to see one of the lesser talked about Marlowe films. The company has released the 1969 film, Marlowe, starring James Garner.
Directed by Paul Bogart, Marlowe follows the titular literary legend, as he worms his way through cases ranging from missing people and the occasional murder-by-ice-pick. Based on Chandler’s “The Little Sister,” the film is an odd bit of noir filmmaking that is not quite as engaging as Bogart »
- Joshua Brunsting
Details, details, details…the crime thriller L.A. Noire for the XBox 360, set in post-World War II 1947 Los Angeles, is a game that glories in and is made glorious by the rich accuracy of details that its publisher Rock Star Games and developer Team Bondi bring to it. If you have no idea at all what this game is about, have not already heard and/or read about the way real actors were used and filmed to capture every little nuance and expression on their faces using MotionScan tech to map facial movements, it is probably hard to imagine the depths of realism and immersiveness this game has for which it has already become famous. It’s a Must Have sort of game, as is a game like Portal 2 (but for different reasons).
- Professor Crazy
Raymond Chandler’s 1939 novel The Big Sleep, the first to star Pi Philip Marlowe, was ready made for the big screen. It had a zippy, twisting and engrossing plot, propelled at pace by short, sharp chapters that feel like scenes from a movie. It is full of characters that are enigmatic, living in the shadowy underworld of Los Angeles, but they all jump out of the page at you because they are so flawed and real. Appropriately, the whole thing plays out in and around Hollywood. And perhaps best of all, Chandler’s dialogue is quick and witty, containing cool and sophisticated one liners that are easy to transplant straight from a book to a script.
Video games such as La Noire have led to claims that games are overtaking films in terms of sophistication. But can they ever really go as deep as cinema?
The appearance of pioneering new adventure game La Noire has reignited a debate among gamers and film lovers which has been bubbling under for years. Not least for Guardian columnist Charlie Brooker, who asserted last week that video games display an intelligence and imagination well beyond the majority of contemporary cinema. Gaming's huge commercial success, he argued, is "the equivalent of films of the intelligence and quality of 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Maltese Falcon not just being released to great fanfare in 2011, but actually going on to smash box office records."
It's likely the gaming community stood up and cheered this assessment when it appeared – that was certainly the sentiment expressed by a huge number of those who commented online. »
- Jane Graham
Filed under: Features, Best Movies Ever
If you've developed a taste for smoky bars, mysterious murders and cops pounding a dangerous beat thanks to the engrossing 'L.A. Noire,' we've got some essential film noirs for you, including several that inspired the video game.
Let us take you back to 1940s Los Angeles for classics like 'Double Indemnity,' with a double-dealing Barbara Stanwyck, and 'The Big Sleep,' with Humphrey Bogart as jaded P.I. Philip Marlowe. Then we tour the underbelly of overlooked L.A. noirs, where the cops can be more crooked than the criminals. Finally, we leave you with modern classics like 'Heat,' where the City of Angels is now in color, but just as noir.
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- Sharon Knolle
Andreas from Pussy Goes Grrr here, with one of the sultriest musical numbers ever committed to film.
Nightclub acts are scattered throughout the seamy annals of film noir. For starters, you've got Lauren Bacall singing "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine" at the casino in The Big Sleep, and Veronica Lake putting on a magic act in This Gun for Hire. Live music, cut with equal parts despair and eroticism, is just perfect for noir's postwar underworld. In Gilda, Rita Hayworth outdoes every other noir chanteuse with her unforgettable rendition of "Put the Blame on Mame." It's sexy, sassy, and bundles up the film's themes in a black satin ribbon.
By the time the nightclub performance arrives, though, we've already heard Hayworth rehearsing the song twice. She's humming along to it during her indelible introduction ("Gilda, are you decent?" / "Me?") and later, her paramour-turned-husband Johnny (Glenn Ford) catches her singing it for Uncle Pio, »
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