"The Big Sleep" (by Howard Hawks)Review

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totally pig out this a great movie.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Charles Waldron

Director: Howard Hawks

Producer: Howard Hawks

Screenplay: William Faulkner & Leigh Brackett & Jules Furthman, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler

U.S. Distributor: Warner Brothers

The Big Sleep, directed by Howard Hawks is a classic of the film noir genre, that is true to the novel in terms of plot and dialogue but unfortunately the film has left out detail that can cause confusion to the audience to what the focus of the film is, unless offcourse if they had read the book. The film is such a success as the tough guy or rather the tough private detective who is smooth, suave and subtle, falls for the dame who has a secret she is reluctant to share. The mutual attraction between Vivian and Marlowe is obvious from the start of the film, their relationship subtly brushes our attention away from the mystery and the unsolved murder or suicide, is focused on the chemistry between the dame and the detective.

Their romance, onscreen and off, plays an important role that it 'sparkles and sizzles' in a way that it is synchronized with the atmosphere and the pace of the film. At the same times was used as a publicity stunt to get more bums on seats for the film.

PI Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) plays the loner-detective, which he plays with defiant brilliance. He plays a man of great strength, unsentimental nature, his dark humour, are hidden by with his romance with Vivian. His approaches to people are often either expressed without a disregard or just to humour them, especially Carmen. Carmen (Martha Vickers) plays the flirtatious and ditz daughter of general Sternwood. The nymphomaniac sister, or...