Re: RARA-AVIS: The Marlowe Paradigm

Date: 05 Dec 2002

In a message dated 12/4/2002 12:41:14 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> But the '77 version
> of THE BIG SLEEP is an unmitigated disaster.

You know, it's been years since I saw it, but I didn't think it was that bad. Of course I agree that the original and the Mitchum "FAREWELL, MY LOVELY" are much better. I also saw THE LONG GOODBYE but for some reason it didn't make much of any impression. I need to check it out again (as well as re-read the book - it's the only Marlowe I haven't re-read since the 70's).

I did think moving the setting to Britain for TBS was a major mistake, and Mitchum probably was a little too old by the time he made the re-make, but I remember liking Jimmy Stewart in the role of the General: "Yes, my girls have all the usual vices."


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