Friday, June 1, 2012

The Big Sleep (1946)

As if to apologize for Point Blank, the 1001 floaty gods have given us a REAL film noir for this week. This Howard Hawks flick is based on a novel by Raymond Chandler (+1 awesome point), stars Bogie and Bacall during the peak of their it-couple-ness (+3 awesome points), and has a script co-written by William Fucking Faulkner (+bajillion  awesome points). The notorious Hayes Code caused some confusion and convolution in key plot points, but let's be honest--we're not watching this for the mystery. We're watching this for the style. Bogart, against all physical odds, can play hard-boiled like nobody's business, and Lauren Bacall has got the bedroom eyes down pat. Sizzle!

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