RARA-AVIS: Movie Adaptations & "THE LONG GOODBYE (1973)

From: chrisaschneider@earthlink.net
Date: 21 Aug 2003

-------Original Message------- From: JIM DOHERTY < jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com> Sent: 08/20/03 08:09 PM To: rara-avis@icomm.ca Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: THE LONG GOODBYE (1973)
> "[Altman] was obligated to be faithful, within the limits of his talent and the medium in which he was working, to the work he was adapting."

You and Terrill and Mario are forgetting an important name here: Leigh Brackett, who wrote the "Long Goodbye" screenplay. And, before you start placing a black hat on Altman and a white hat on her 'cause Brackett wrote her own HB, let me add that an interview I read with Brackett made it clear the ending of the 1973 "Long Goodbye" reflected *her own* attitude toward the Marlowe character.

(Wish I could cite the specifics of that interview, but the information is not at hand.)

Also, as far as screen adaptations which employ the same title are concerned ... the '40s "Big Sleep" (screenplay: Brackett, William Faulkner, Jules Furthman) reassigned the murder of Regan to somebody else. Do you disapprove of that adaptation as well?

Me, I dearly love both the "Long Goodbye" and ('40s) "Big Sleep" movies. To borrow a phrase from General Sternwood's elder daughter, they ... sock me in the choppers!


P.S. "Countdown" (1968) came from a novel by Hank Searls,
"That Cold Day In The Park" (1969) came from a novel by Richard Miles, and "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971) came from a novel by Brian McKay.

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