Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Altman's Long Goodbye

Date: 12 Jun 2000

    Altman's Long Good-bye has great moments, even though some of them stray far from portraying the Marlowe we all know and love. The film fails, for my money, when Altman can't hold his "Look At Me" gene in check, as is most obvious in the final frames of the film. Altman, like Tarrantino and unlike Scorsese or Robert Towne think that the story is a device for displaying the wonderfulness of the director. Ever since Mash when people told him he was a genius, he's had trouble resisting himself. Just tell the damned story.

                                        Jim Blue

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