The Long Goodbye



Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe (Gould) faces the most bizarre case of his life, when a friend's apparent suicide turns into a double murder involving a sexy blonde, a disturbed gangster and a suitcase full of drug money. But as Marlowe stumbles toward the truth, he soon finds himself lost in a maze of sex and deceit only to discover that in L.A., if love is dangerous friendship is murder. (oficjalny tekst dystrybutora)


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angielski With Robert Altman's films, I usually don't have any problems, even though they don't hurry anywhere and require patience and an eye for detail. However, Altman's peculiar approach to Chandler's material goes beyond this experience. I have nothing against placing the story in a different time frame, I wouldn't even mind if the plot took place in the present. I wouldn't mind certain character and plot modifications either - if I didn't have the feeling that Altman thoroughly drained the novel and turned Marlowe's character upside down. The tough, cynical detective who used to spout dry remarks has become a creation similar to Woody Allen's characters - but unlike them, lacking a significantly smaller degree of irony. I don't share the enchantment with the atmosphere of the seventies, Altman uses superficial references for his modernization, and he doesn't even come close to what, let's say, Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice possesses - where the 70s don't just scream at you through women's hairstyles and outfits, but through all the contradictions of that time. The Long Goodbye is not a genre parody, but it's not a film you could believe in either. Altman's films usually don't bore me, but with The Long Goodbye, I really perceived its length unpleasantly. I don't have problems with the characters' motivations, but the way they are fulfilled is dysfunctional and untrustworthy. Overall impression: 45%. ()


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angielski In his subversive adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s classic noir, Altman shifts the setting from the (seemingly) visually and purposefully black-and-white 1940s to the early 1970s, with its gaudiness, ambiguity, paranoia and self-centredness. Philip Marlowe’s iconic private detective thus becomes an anachronism navigating an environment in which he consciously does not fit. Altman’s The Long Goodbye is often praised for depicting Los Angeles as it was at the time. Despite its numerous characters from diverse backgrounds, however, this is not the equivalent of the director’s peak frescoes like Nashville or an obviously absurd self-reflective farce like Brewster McCloud. In The Long Goodbye, everything is subordinated to demolishing conventions and exposing the inappropriateness of the cinematic “reality” of Hollywood productions. Marlowe is thus not only a representative of obsolete values, but also a relatively passive and unknowing pawn in the games and interests of the characters around him. Even before we hear the final mocking chorus of the hackneyed “Hooray for Hollywood”, which definitively pulls the rug out from under any noir solemnity, Altman imbues the narrative with a number of other alienating elements, from the imitative doorman and every possible inappropriately behaving genre character to the theme song, which creeps into the film in various arrangements and in bizarre diegetic circumstances. This unconventional approach is also manifested in the brilliantly original camerawork, which basically stays in motion and, together with the set design and improvisation of individual scenes, often draws attention to itself. This results not only in imaginative and original shots, but also in the definitive breaking of classic Hollywood’s basic rule that a film should not draw attention to itself and mustn’t pull the audience out of the illusion that the film has constructed. As a singular and obstinately distinctive director, Altman ostentatiously bid farewell to the conventions of studio productions with spectacular spitefulness, and he did it in the space of a feature-length studio commission. When the viewer accepts this game, The Long Goodbye provides a lot of inconspicuously grotesque oddball meta-genre entertainment that is purely anti-viewer at its core. ()



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angielski Robert Altman delivers his distinctive and modern take on the classic character of film-noir, Phil Marlow (played by the well cast and brilliantly laid-back Elliott Gould), and disillusionment with a world in which lies and manipulation are hidden behind an illusion of friendship and trust. All this underscores a downright nihilistic finale, in which Altman lets the unflappable protagonist get the upper hand and turn the tables. The movie contains the great atmosphere of the seventies, an interesting supporting cast and dynamic dialogues, so this was a great neo-noir for me. ()


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angielski Elliott Gould is definitely an interesting actor, but he just wasn't right for the role of Philip Marlowe in my opinion. He and Robert Altman have given the whole mythos a pretty interesting, completely new look, but it doesn't suit Marlowe, even if the story remains hardboiled at its core. No, it's not what you expect, and no, you may not enjoy it. ()

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