Re: RARA-AVIS: Raines Is Chandler Homage

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 18 Feb 2007

So is it a Chandler homage, or an Altman homage?

Because for many of us the two are *not* the same thing, especially where interpretations of "The Long Goodbye" are concerned.

Seriously: if it owes a lot to Altman's "Long Goodbye," and I see that in the initial episode, that'll be the last one that I watch.

Not that I am the final arbiter of what sells in America these days: never watched an episode of "Desperate Housewives," or anything resembling reality TV once I've figured out what it is.

All the Best-


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Frederick Zackel
  Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2007 7:30 AM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Raines Is Chandler Homage

  (I have this sniggering desire to throw gasoline on the fire.)


  Graham Yost, creator and executive producer of the upcoming NBC drama
  Raines, told SCI FI Wire that the series is heavily influenced by the work
  of classic noir novelist Raymond Chandler, particularly The Long Goodbye.

  "My love of Los Angeles does come from the fact that I grew up in Toronto
  and visited L.A. occasionally, but really got to know it through Chandler,"
  Yost said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena,
  Calif. "And, truly, doing Raines was my sort of [chance] to actually write
  something that had at least a flavor of Chandler and has a character who is
  self-aware about that. He loves Chandler, too, and that's part of his

  In addition to Chandler's writings, Yost also referenced various film
  adaptations, especially Robert Altman's 1972 film based on The Long Goodbye.

  "What Altman did with Long Goodbye was to take Chandler and put it in 1972,"
  he said. "And it felt like a 1972 film, and yet Elliott Gould still was this
  classic hard-boiled detective. So it was still noir, but it was 1972. And we
  wanted to do that for 2006, 2007. And I hope we've done it. We've learned
  more and more about it as we went along."

  Jeff Goldblum stars in the series as detective Michael Raines, a homicide
  investigator who begins seeing and hearing murder victims as he's working on
  their cases.

  In a press conference, Goldblum said that he has always been a fan of
  Chandler's work and spoke with Yost about the noir inspiration as soon as he
  signed on to the project.

  "Because of this, I watched The Long Goodbye again," he said. "When we first
  talked about it, [Graham] even said, 'You know, what we want sort of maybe
  in tone-we don't want to copy anything-but look at Long Goodbye again. I
  said, 'I've seen it many times.'"

  Goldblum added that he found the character to be one of the most interesting
  he's every played.

  "I had one of the best times I've ever had in my whole life," he said.
  "That's true. This cast, everybody is so great. And meeting with Graham, he
  was so great, and Frank, I wanted to work with them. I loved the idea. I
  loved the script and I loved that character. And The Long Goodbye. ... We
  find out that he pretends not to care and is indifferent, but is wildly
  romantic and vulnerable and cares deeply and is idealistic, in fact. There
  was something about this character like that that I kind of fell in love

  Raines premieres March 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. -Cindy White

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