So i'm obsessed with The Long Goodbye right now

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spoilers............ spoilers..........

i don't think a film ever made me so surprised so many times over in it's final minutes.
the guy ISN'T dead! "and i lost my cat", bang! the gun goes off, the girl suddenly re-appears, he's going to get run over again!!? but NO! he dances down the street! and then the '...Hollywood' song comes up! and he dances with an old lady!
2 different homgaes to Third Man in mere minutes, 2 fingers to 'Hollywood'...man. i almost had to pick my teeth back up off the floor.

"it's okay with me"

pisces (piscesx), Monday, 30 October 2006 14:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

a friend usta live in Marlowe's building.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 October 2006 14:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
"I seen all your pictures"

Dr Morbius, Friday, 27 April 2007 17:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

goddamn great movie.
best director/best actor combined in one perfect story.

ddd, Monday, 30 April 2007 03:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Some of the contemporaneous reviews are SO savage. Halliwell's Film Guide: "ugly, boring travesty..."

Dr Morbius, Monday, 30 April 2007 13:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah i've seen this a few times recently,its great

elliot gould is fantastic,he's also really good in california split,another robert altman film

anyone know of any other good elliot gould films?

robin l, Friday, 4 May 2007 00:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

now that's someone i love

you i don't even like

robin l, Friday, 4 May 2007 00:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the owen wilson of the 70s

ddd, Friday, 4 May 2007 17:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

'little murders' is pretty great too.

ddd, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 17:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

How's that Bergman he did? (I think it's called The Touch.)

C. Grisso/McCain, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 17:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the owen wilson of the 70s

mean

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 13:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

??
should i have said
owen wilson is the elliot gould of the 2000s?
??

ddd, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 19:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no, I guess it's not an imperfect analogy. Esp if you meant they turned into bitter disappointments w/in 5 years of their splashes.

(now, if OW had married Sheryl Crow...)

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

goddamn. so good.

Mr. Que, Monday, 30 March 2009 15:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

This movie rules.

shastakrautpasta (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 1 August 2011 02:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm obsessed with the book right now.

Virginia Plain, Monday, 1 August 2011 03:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

i just read the book. somehow avoided chandler up until now. liked it, love the movie.

buzza, Monday, 1 August 2011 04:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

chandlers the fn best, great book, great movie

ice cr?m, Monday, 1 August 2011 04:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

maybe the best book/movie combo ever as far as both of them being most excellent

ice cr?m, Monday, 1 August 2011 04:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

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Ask The Answer Man (sexyDancer), Monday, 1 August 2011 14:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

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Ask The Answer Man (sexyDancer), Monday, 1 August 2011 14:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Has anyone seen the Climax! TV version with Dick Powell ('54)? I'd like to check that out.

Virginia Plain, Monday, 1 August 2011 14:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

cc & ginger

zvookster, Monday, 1 August 2011 14:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

The book is very different from the Altman movie -- Chandler takes Marlowe's old-school morality quite seriously, Altman makes fun of it. Both are excellent, but if you're expecting a straight film adaptation of the novel, as a lot of the original audience was, you might be disappointed. On the other hand, if you like the dark satire of the movie, you might think the book is kind of stuffy.

Brad C., Monday, 1 August 2011 14:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

there's more stuff with the weird sanitarium and resentful servants in the book.
but I think if you added together Gould and Bogart, you'd get close to Chandler's Marlowe.

Ask The Answer Man (sexyDancer), Monday, 1 August 2011 19:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

'little murders' is pretty great too.
― ddd, Tuesday, May 8, 2007 5:03 PM (4 years ago) Bookmark

On The Money

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 21:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

as long as we're posting vintage Gould movies, here's a sweet little tribute that's trending on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsW0JBaFr98

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuSOatncAdw&feature=related

bobo, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 11:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

re that apartment:

http://la.curbed.com/tags/the-long-goodbye

satan club sandwich (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 August 2011 15:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Morbs, you wanna split the rent? Oh, I forgot, you hate roommates.

Virginia Plain, Friday, 12 August 2011 15:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Some of the contemporaneous reviews are SO savage. Halliwell's Film Guide: "ugly, boring travesty..."
― Dr Morbius, Monday, April 30, 2007 1:51 PM (4 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Contemporaneous reviews otm. So Altman wanted to rip the heart out of the book as some kind of comment on 70s hollywood? idgi. Everything about the film seems deliberately obtuse, right down to the forgettable song trying to become unforgettable by 'incidentally' occurring in every other scene.

ledge, Sunday, 18 September 2011 17:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is playing this week on a double bill with California Split but we're only going to see California Split.

bamcquern, Sunday, 18 September 2011 18:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

So Altman wanted to rip the heart out of the book as some kind of comment on 70s hollywood?

This angle is much too publicized, like most intentions.

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 18 September 2011 18:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

have only read The Big Sleep, but I dind it hard to believe that a Chandler book had a heart.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 18 September 2011 18:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

The road to angle is paved with good publicized.

bamcquern, Sunday, 18 September 2011 18:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

netflix just put this up on streaming I think

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 18 September 2011 18:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

my fav book/movie combo is lolita but this one is up there

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 18 September 2011 18:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

have only read The Big Sleep, but I dind it hard to believe that a Chandler book had a heart.

Marlowe definitely a big-hearted guy in TLG. Also has a way with the one-liners, which would have been worth keeping in the movie even if nothing else was.

ledge, Sunday, 18 September 2011 19:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

guys the best adaptations are untrue to the source material, it really does not matter

ice cr?m, Monday, 19 September 2011 16:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, love how altman made this movie his own. he could have gone the "chinatown" route but it didn't interest him to do a period noir.

buzza, Monday, 19 September 2011 17:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't mind a radical adaptation but this pisses on Chandler's grave.

House of Games has the same ending btw - duped schmo kills the duper. Don't have much time for that either.

ledge, Monday, 19 September 2011 20:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

glad you have time to post tho

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 19 September 2011 21:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

and it happens every day

♨ (am0n), Wednesday, 2 January 2013 16:14 (six years ago) Permalink

That title track is incredible.

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Saturday, 5 January 2013 10:13 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Wowed by this

mister borges (darraghmac), Sunday, 17 March 2013 00:05 (six years ago) Permalink

that's fine by me.

The @glennbeck have raisin b-lls and rice crispy d-ck (stevie), Sunday, 17 March 2013 00:20 (six years ago) Permalink

I feel this is the most accurate screen Marlowe, most like the character in the novels. Bogey be damned.

Ask The Answer Man (sexyDancer), Sunday, 17 March 2013 00:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Sterling hayden

mister borges (darraghmac), Sunday, 17 March 2013 00:58 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I climbed the stairs to the elevator landing of Marlowe's apartment last week.

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:17 (four years ago) Permalink

same apt shows up in murder my sweet iirc

blap setter (darraghmac), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:36 (four years ago) Permalink

breaking news:

Robert Altman’s ‘The Long Goodbye’ Is Popular Again

gr8080, Monday, 8 December 2014 01:57 (four years ago) Permalink

aw it's not on Netflix any more :(

gr8080, Monday, 8 December 2014 02:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Definitely one of a handful of Altmans worth owning, even if you aren't a superfan.

Hamhole and Fly Eyes (Old Lunch), Monday, 8 December 2014 02:24 (four years ago) Permalink

The tiny harmonica

, Monday, 8 December 2014 02:55 (four years ago) Permalink

seeing it again at MoMA next Sunday

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 December 2014 04:00 (four years ago) Permalink

Had a year and a half with this film, over and over and over....

*tera, Monday, 8 December 2014 05:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Thinking I will have some time with Model Shop.

*tera, Monday, 8 December 2014 05:02 (four years ago) Permalink

California Split is great if you need more Altman/Gould in your life btw

gr8080, Monday, 8 December 2014 05:07 (four years ago) Permalink

^^Cosign.

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 8 December 2014 05:41 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm waiting for the right moment in my life to shout "BALLS, BABY!" at someone ala Sterling Hayden, but it hasn't happened yet. :-(

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 8 December 2014 05:44 (four years ago) Permalink

Love California Split!!!!

*tera, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 07:06 (four years ago) Permalink

Beautiful 35mm print yesterday before a packed house. I always forget David Carradine's cameo as Socrates the cellmate ("Someday the pigs are gonna be in here and the people are gonna be out there").

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 December 2014 15:34 (four years ago) Permalink

btw I agree w/ the curator whose quote finishes up that otherwise pretty awful Times piece; people who think this is a "travesty" don't get it.

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 December 2014 15:46 (four years ago) Permalink

also can anyone confirm that the real-estate woman called Mrs Tewkesbury near the end of the film is not played by the Nashville screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury? I think per the iMdB she is an actress named Sybil Scotford.

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 December 2014 16:39 (four years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

"You're the nicest neighbor we've had Mr. Marlowe."

hunangarage, Saturday, 4 July 2015 07:19 (three years ago) Permalink

every watch love it more

the light(ing), in every single scene

drash, Saturday, 4 July 2015 09:15 (three years ago) Permalink

"write the check, roger"

drash, Saturday, 4 July 2015 09:16 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

the blu ray of this looks like shit, needs a good restoration

flappy bird, Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:16 (one year ago) Permalink

harry i'm proud to have you following me

flappy bird, Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Which blu ray? The Region 2 Arrow blu isn't a 'restoration' but looks very good:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Long-Goodbye-Blu-ray/80397/

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 30 November 2017 08:13 (one year ago) Permalink

the region 1 one

flappy bird, Thursday, 30 November 2017 08:33 (one year ago) Permalink

I want to watch this again right now

"Taste's very strange!" (stevie), Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:39 (one year ago) Permalink

I think this may latterly have become my favourite movie ever.

"Taste's very strange!" (stevie), Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:39 (one year ago) Permalink

I would play the shit out of a video game that successfully evoked its soft-outta-focus, stoned and paranoid milieu.

"Taste's very strange!" (stevie), Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:39 (one year ago) Permalink

i love this movie, also love the soundtrack as i've prob said upthread. definitely up there with my favourites.

at the weekend i watched the movie adaptation of john cheever's the swimmer - and it reminded me a bit of the long goodbye. i absolutely loved it.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:09 (one year ago) Permalink

I watched that earlier this year too. Really strange movie, a little overly mannered but kind of moving. Like The Graduate if Benjamin had been an awkward, burned-out philanderer rather than an anxious college student.

"Taste's very strange!" (stevie), Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah I found it pretty affecting, I was surprised it actually worked as a movie since the idea of adapting it felt so doomed. I love Cheever and in a way it made me like the short story even more, which is good.

It also had a nice haziness to it, I guess for a story that's about an alcoholic it really made me want to be by a pool in the sun drinking a cocktail.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:21 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Happy 45th anniversary to The Long Goodbye. I talked to @Cinephiliacs about why it’s one of the all-time greats: https://t.co/LhzJUBgZ8x

— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) March 7, 2018

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 March 2018 21:22 (one year ago) Permalink

very nice, thanks for the link ✌️

flappy bird, Friday, 9 March 2018 21:30 (one year ago) Permalink

just the greatest movie

the clodding of the american mind (darraghmac), Saturday, 10 March 2018 01:11 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

i saw California Split in 35mm on the big screen last weekend. it’s no Long Goodbye but still a great little film.

gr8080, Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

love California Split

papa don't take no meth (stevie), Thursday, 29 March 2018 15:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Movie most overrated by people with decent taste? I think both director and actor are wrong for the movie, and the song gets really tiresome after a while.

Moo Vaughn, Thursday, 29 March 2018 16:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

moo vaughn really on a roll lately with bad opinions

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:25 (eleven months ago) Permalink

there's a roll, and a lifetime roll

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 March 2018 19:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I mean there's "I don't like The Long Goodbye" and then there's "Robert Altman is the wrong director and Elliot Gould is the wrong actor for The Long Goodbye."

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 29 March 2018 19:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Was it good for you, was I what you wanted me to be?

Moo Vaughn, Thursday, 29 March 2018 21:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"I don't like The Long Goodbye"

I wouldn't go that far, I just don't think Marlowe-via-Altman(/Gould) works very well.

Moo Vaughn, Thursday, 29 March 2018 21:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

If you have a tight-assed belief that the only purpose of a movie based on a book is to be faithful to the book then ok.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 29 March 2018 21:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I certainly don't share that belief, whatever its sphincter-stenosis level, nor have I read the book. Nor am I more interested in Marlowe than Altman. I just don't find the revisionist noir a particularly interesting concept.

Moo Vaughn, Thursday, 29 March 2018 22:23 (eleven months ago) Permalink

alright by me

gr8080, Sunday, 1 April 2018 18:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

california split has excellent fun shirts

flopson, Sunday, 1 April 2018 18:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Best animal performances ever?

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Sunday, 3 June 2018 22:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

been going round my head since I saw it at the cinema, such a supremely comfortable film. made a to-watch list of films noted as similar here and in the inherent vice/big lebowski thread, would be particularly curious if anyone can think of a film with a similar energy and agreeably dishevelled protaganist who isn't a white american guy

ogmor, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

Minus your final criterion, I always recommend California Split to Long Goodbye stans looking for more in that vein.

Funkface LLC (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah that's definitely on the list

ogmor, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 13:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Long Goodbye >>>>> California Split

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 13:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

would be particularly curious if anyone can think of a film with a similar energy and agreeably dishevelled protaganist who isn't a white american guy

― ogmor, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 5:11 AM (five days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

chameleon street

sprout god (lag∞n), Monday, 20 August 2018 22:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

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