The Long Goodbye (1973)
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The best part of this movie was Arnold out of nowhere.
Robert Altman's reinvention of noir stereotypes in The Long Goodbye is fantastic. Marlowe is much more interesting as the bumbling, friendly, clueless detective, than the grizzled cynic of 1940's detective fiction. Not to mention the dazzling finale, music and use of red herrings and misdirection. A must-see movie that's absurdly under-rated.
Ha, ha. He's got a girl, I got a cat.
Now this is what i'd call a "cool" film. Awesome all around, Gould's performance is excellent. Entertaining, well written, and wonderfully executed by Altman. Love the soundtrack and the humour too.
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This movie ranks #74 in Quentin Tarantino's Coolest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #123 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #266 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #297 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #357 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #425 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #465 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #503 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #540 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #561 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #639 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #756 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films