RARA-AVIS: Script for Big Sleep (was: Re: Hammett and... Henry James)

From: Christina Paul ( xpistiva33@live.com)
Date: 22 Nov 2007

Regarding Brackett and the script for THE BIG SLEEP... I've wondered about the evolution from screenplay (http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/Big_Sleep.pdf) to final version. For example, I think the screenplay's handling of Carmen's intrusion into Marlowe's apartment (instead of crawling naked into Marlowe's bed, she sucks on one of his chess pieces) is a very clever Code dodge, and in some ways conveys Carmen's intrusion upon and violation of Marlowe's home more powerfully than the novel itself.
  I'm also curious about the source for the anecdote in the message below (copied from the Rara-Avis 1998 archive). Is Michael Sharp still around?
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Re: RARA-AVIS: Leigh Brackett Sat, 13 Jun 1998 10:16:25 -0400 (EDT)
[...] Bogart had problems w/ the script for *TheBig Sleep* (an infamously co-written script: Brackett+Faulkner!), and hepresumed that the weaker parts were written by the woman -- turns outeverything he *liked* about the script, esp. the tough dialogue, wasBrackett's.[...]Michael D. Sharp Email: msharp@umich.eduDepartment of English Lang. and Lit. Phone: (313) 761-8776University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Fax: (313) 763-3128
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------To: rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.comFrom: tieresias@worldnet.att.netDate: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 19:00:50 -0800Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Hammett and... Henry James
  Patrick King wrote:
>To a large extent, Faulkner WAS a hardboiled boy. He>wrote the script for Hawk's THE BIG SLEEP and several>others.
  He collaborated on the script for THE BIG SLEEP, he didn't write it. Among those with whom he worked on it was Leigh Brackett, a good writer in her own right (who won an Oscar for her work on the script for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and also worked on the script for Altman's LONG GOODBYE, if memory serves correctly). Brian
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