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Big Sleep (BFI Film Classics)

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Released in 1946, Howard Hawks' adaptation of Raymond Chandler reunited Bogart and Bacall and gave them two of their most famous roles. The mercurial but ever-manipulative Hawks dredged humour and happiness out of film noir. "Give him a story about more murders than anyone can keep up with, or explain," David Thomson writes, "and somehow he made a paradise."

When it was first shown, The Big Sleep was coldly received. So, as Thomson reveals, Hawks shot extra scenes, "fun" scenes, to replace ones in which the films murders had been explained, and in so doing left the plot unresolved. If this was accidental, Thomson argues, it also signalled a change in the nature of the Hollywood cinema: The Big Sleep inaugurates a postmodern, camp, satirical view of movies being about other movies that extends to the New Wave and Pulp Fiction.

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This text shows how The Big Sleep signalled a change in the nature of Hollywood cinema, as the director Howard Hawks shot extra scenes, fun scenes, to replace the ones in which the murders are explained, and in so doing left the plot unresolved.

Synopsis:

This text shows how The Big Sleep signalled a change in the nature of Hollywood cinema, as the director Howard Hawks shot extra scenes, "fun" scenes, to replace the ones in which the murders are explained, and in so doing left the plot unresolved.

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ISBN:
9780851706320
Other:
Thomson, David
Other:
Chandler, Raymond
Author:
Thomson, David
Publisher:
British Film Institute
Location:
London :
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Motion picture plays
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Big Sleep
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - Reference
Subject:
Film - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Video - Reference
Subject:
Video, History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Reference
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
BFI Film Classics (Paperback)
Series Volume:
GTR-389
Publication Date:
19970331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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This text shows how The Big Sleep signalled a change in the nature of Hollywood cinema, as the director Howard Hawks shot extra scenes, "fun" scenes, to replace the ones in which the murders are explained, and in so doing left the plot unresolved.
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