Re: RARA-AVIS: The Long Goodbye

From: Patrick King (
Date: 20 Jan 2007

In the Long Goodbye, Gould is absurdly and egotistically miscast. He was at his best in American History X, a great modern noir film.

Patrick King
--- wrote:

> Shameful though it is to admit I had reached my 36th
> year without watching
> Altman's The Long Goodbye that was put right last
> night - thanks to the BBC
> who showed the film as part of their California
> Dreaming season (I don't know
> how far the BEEB now has made inroads into American
> broadcasting, but I would
> reccomend any of the programmes in this series to
> list members. Also shown
> last night was PJ O'Rourke's The Man in the Mansion,
> a survey of Californian
> politics, specifically the man they call The
> Governor - most entertaining.)
> Has anyone else updated classic hardboiled/noir? I
> would certainly love to
> see The Continental Op operating today and many of
> Jim Thompson's characters
> would be much more at home in today's world.
> I enjoyed the movie, though I must admit I didn't
> really think Elliot Gould
> was Phillip Marlowe and the film was more Robert
> Altman than Raymond Chandler.
> I haven't studied the film or criticism of it at
> all and assume (I'd love
> to know from them that was there) it caused
> something of an outcry from
> Chandler fans when it came out.
> Does anyone know how far the dialogue was improvised
> and how far it was
> scripted by Leigh Brackett?
> Whoops, this is film, so off topic I guess.
> Nonetheless, happy Freeday to you all,
> Colin.
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