This week we're starring in our own late, late show, just like Bogie and Bacall, as we sit down for Nakea's first viewing of The Big Sleep (1946).
First, we're talking about this most iconic of all Hollywood power couples, and discussing other great on-screen/off-screen couples in cinematic history.
Then, to celebrate #Noirvember, we're watching Bogie and Bacall in Howard Hawks' classic adaptation of Raymond Chandler's seminal hard-boiled detective novel, a story so confusing that even Chandler didn't know who committed one of the murders. So forget following the plot, but will the chemistry of Bogie and Bacall—and their snappy, innuendo-laden banter—be enough to win over The Unenthusiastic Critic?
0:00: Prologue: from To Have and Have Not (1944)
0:49: Preliminary Conversation: Bogie, Bacall, and Hollywood Couples
16:12: Interlude: Lauren Bacall on her marriage to Bogart
16:53: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
25:45: Interlude: Scene from The Big Sleep
27:29: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
1:08:15: Outro and Next Week's Movie
Notes and Links
—Movie Reviewed: The Big Sleep (dir. Howard Hawks, Warner Bros, 1946)
—Prologue: from To Have and Have Not (dir. Howard Hawks, Warner Bros, 1944)
—Interlude: from Charlie Rose's interview with Lauren Bacall, October 7, 1994.
—Links and Resources: Roger Ebert's review of The Big Sleep, rogerebert.com; "Filmsite Movie Review: The Big Sleep," AMC; "The Big Sleep at 70: film noir at its most seductive," Samuel Wigley, The Guardian; "The Big Sleep Comparison," Frankie, Movie-Censorship.com.
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