RARA-AVIS: The Czech Philip Marlowe

From: Bill Crider ( bcrider@houston.rr.com)
Date: 27 Apr 2005

 Mazanö©¬©p (Smart Philip) is a film from the Czech Republic, featuring a private-eye character named Philip Marlowe. I gather from the review in today's Houston Chronicle that the movie isn't based on any particular Chandler novel. Here's an excerpt from the review:
"Marlowe describes himself as 'unlikely to succeed as a ballet dancer with a wooden leg after four years on a road gang' before a man hires him to find his missing twin brother, a chauffeur for a known gangster. It's among the first of an endless stream of metaphors so florid they're laugh-out-loud funny.

"Other times, Marlowe's observations lend an unexpected poignancy, such as when he says he has trouble finding work because he's already come to the conclusion that 'everything in this town is stolen' or that the sky is
'filled with stars who know enough to stay away from Hollywood.'"

The whole review, not much longer than the excerpt, is (for today only) here: http://tinyurl.com/9o357.

Bill Crider

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