RARA-AVIS: Re: THE LONG GOODBYE (1973) - Altman quote

From: Mark Coggins ( coggins@immortalgame.com)
Date: 21 Aug 2003

I read a contemporary review from a critic named Charles Gregory who quotes Altman as saying he (Altman) intended to "put Marlowe to rest for good" with THE LONG GOODBYE.

That doesn't exactly convey a respect for the material, does it?

The article is in the recent Carroll & Graf book, "Raymond Chandler, A Literary Reference" and makes interesting reading. Gregory's basic thesis is Altman degrades the Marlowe character to show that idealism and honor are dead.



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