The Long Goodbye
First screening date unrecorded / Most recently screened in July 2014
Director: Robert Altman. Cast: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, Jim Bouton, Henry Gibson, Jo Ann Brody, David Arkin, Stephen Coit. Screenplay: Leigh Brackett (based on the novel by Raymond Chandler). Twitter Capsule:
Nasty, cynical noir set amid semicomic languor of beachcombing California. Tricky, suggestive. Strained at times.
Doesn't upend noir as fully as McCabe rewrites the Western but comes intriguingly close. Some gratuitous Altman flourishes but it's as trenchant on contemporary LA as on classic genre.