Robert altmans very smart private eye flick starring elliot gould as phillip marlowe, based on the novel by raymond chandler, released in 1973. The film stars elliott gould as philip marlowe and features sterling hayden, nina van pallandt, jim bouton, mark rydell, and an early. Marlowes drinking buddy terry lennox flees to mexico, leaving behind a dead wife and a lot of questions. The plot is engaging and complex, the characters are all extremely colorful, the dialogue is superb and the descriptive passages are in a league of their own. Guess you wont be with us long, if youve got endicott, he said pleasantly as he locked me in.
Now that there are medical strategies for preventing andor curing strokes, heart attacks, even cancer, many more people are going to live into the dementia years. Effortlessly blending research and reflection, the personal and the universal, it is not only an exceptional memoir, but a necessary one. Produced in association with screen australia, screen nsw and abc tv. Marlowe attempts to answer the questions, even though nobody wants him to and despite news coming from mexico that anything he finds will be too late to help terry.
The long goodbye by raymond chandler, first edition abebooks. He just replays games of chess masters and solves chess puzzles. The first time i laid eyes on terry lennox he was drunk in a rollsroyce silver wraith outside the terrace of the dancers. Then he finds out that terry lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife. The novel is notable for using hardboiled detective fiction as a vehicle. The long goodbye is a detective fiction novel published in 1953, written by raymond chandler. He had begun drinking heavily, his respiratory and heart troubles were back, and his wife was dying, slowly and agonizingly. The books on the table changed from time to time to highlight currently popular releases or books that bruce had read recently and enjoyed.
The long goodbye press kit the long goodbye a 55 minute documentary by luminous films pty ltd and kaye harrison. It was the sixth philip marlowe novel, and though chandler would write a seventh, playback, this does indeed seem like a long goodbye to the world of bent cops, even more bent gangsters and marlowe himself. Chandler produced several worksboth short stories and novelswhich feature philip marlowe as the. Chandler, in a letter to a friend, called the novel. Smartaleck, catloving private eye philip marlowe elliott gould is certain that his friend terry lennox isnt a wifekiller, even after the cops throw marlowe in jail for not cooperating with their investigation. Some critics consider it inferior to the big sleep or farewell, my lovely, but others rank it as the best of his work. Unlike potters desire for privacy in the long goodbye, the big lebowski wants the dude to dig into his affairs, hiring him to investigate his wifes disappearance. I got the door unlocked and dragged him inside and spread him on the long couch. For much of it, were not sure what exactly marlowe is working on, or if hes even working. Its ok with me applying his deconstructive eye to the film noir tradition, robert altman updated raymond chandler in his 1973 version of chandlers novel, the long goodbye.
Chandlers first novel, the big sleep, is a masterpiece of storytelling, dialogue, humor, andwell, just read it if you havent already. Its a hard post to write, because i have some very difficult news to share. He is always the most youthful of directors, and here he gives us the youngest of philip marlowes, the private eye as a hardy boy. One of the preeminent examples of hardboiled detective fiction, adapted for radio, film and television, it received the 1955 edgar award for best novel. The long goodbye follows the journeys of three families living with dementia as they struggle to maintain the identity and dignity of those they love. His brushes with danger and death he just narrates matteroffactly. The long goodbye was the last great novel by raymond chandler featuring his sardonic, occasionally knightly detective philip marlowe. The long goodbye aloneto many his greatest achievementhas inspired countless visions from artists and designers. Chandler, in a letter to a friend, called the novel my best book. The long goodbye vintage crime by raymond chandler and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. After some tough guy dialogue marlowe slugs the visitor. The long goodbye by meghan orourke, paperback barnes. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets.
The long goodbye by raymond chandler penguin books australia. The long goodbye is the sixth novel in chandlers philip marlowe universe, written some years after chandlers other marlowe novels and at a time when chandler was going through a rough patch. Toward the end, we sense marlowes deepening despair. The long goodbye free pdf, fb2, fb3, rtf books library. Then he finds out that terry lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and. Pdf the long goodbye download full pdf book download. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of the long goodbye by raymond chandler. He was a guy who talked with commas, like a heavy novel. The long goodbye is a 1973 american neonoir thriller film directed by robert altman and based on raymond chandlers 1953 novel of the same title. Excerpt the long goodbye by meghan orourke the new. The long goodbye by raymond chandler, paperback barnes. The big sleep checks in at about 70,000 words and 231 pages. The first is dated june 24, 1953 and the second is dated july 9, 1953.
Filmed over a 3 year period, the documentary celebrates the capacity of the human spirit to search for meaning and hope when the end is known and inescapable. My mother died of metastatic colorectal cancer shortly before three p. The long goodbye is a 1953 detective novel by raymond chandler, his sixth featuring the private detective philip marlowe. With elliott gould, nina van pallandt, sterling hayden, mark rydell. It seeks to point out the corruption within rich american society. The long goodbye, 1973 the opening sequence from robert altmans adaption of raymond chandlers detective novel. In one scene a rich, powerful, meanspirited guy comes to his office. There are two sets of manuscript pages for the long goodbye at the bodleian library. Then he finds out that terry lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried. Revisiting altmans the long goodbye the new york times. He similarly rescues terry again when hes drunk on a street and attracting the attention of a cop. The long goodbye by raymond chandler, book of a lifetime the. Would the original author return to the article with footnotes with specific chapters of the long goodbye mentioned to clear this up.
Ive been meaning to write this post for a while now, in fact it was the main reason i started blogging again. Jan 08, 2009 the long goodbye, as its title would suggest, feels elegaic. The long goodbye is a more sprawling novel than were used to from chandler. The deputy on the early night shift was a big blond guy with meaty shoulders and a friendly grin.
Published in march 1954, the book marked the end of chandlers creative life. In noir master raymond chandlers the long goodbye, philip marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. The long goodbye study guide contains a biography of raymond. Chandler is not only the best writer of hardboiled pi stories, hes one of the 20th centurys top scribes, period. However, lebowskis goals turn out to be quite nefarious, and in the end, exposing the injustice becomes the dudes primary goal, even if the end results will be pointless. The long goodbye is a novel by raymond chandler, published in 1953, his sixth novel featuring the private investigator philip marlowe. The long goodbye discussion questions chicago public library.
When robert altman made a movie of the novel chandler considered his best, the long goodbye, marlowe, played by elliott gould, seemed at first. The long goodbye the greatest literature of all time. Private investigator philip marlowe is 42 years old and does not exercise. The the long goodbye community note includes chapterbychapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you. Enough about whether or not the long goodbye falls in line with the rest of the genre or whether or not it can compare to the novel its based on it doesnt, in case youre interested. Private investigator philip marlowe helps a friend out of a jam, but in doing so gets implicated in his wifes murder. The story features philip marlowe, a private investigator who befriends terry. The long goodbye is a novel with lots of meat on its bones. But there is something about the long goodbye that really gets you. The most autobiographical of his novels, the long goodbye was considered by chandler to be his best work.
Rather, as should always be the case for all types of film, is whether or not its any good or entertaining. Jul 05, 2007 the long goodbye, 1973 the opening sequence from robert altmans adaption of raymond chandlers detective novel. The long goodbye the long goodbye philip marlowe the long goodbye. Gina twyble, luminous films pty ltd, po box 3067, bundeena nsw 2230p. Theres the robert altman film, of course, but then there are the hundreds of editions produced around the world, each with its own peculiar take on marlowes lennoxwade investigations. Robert altmans the long goodbye 1973 attacks film noir with three of his most cherished tools. Phillip marlowe, a private investigator, first sees terry lennox outside a club. Even people who like the film see it as a deliberate departure from chandlers literary intentions, and chandlers fans regard the film with what one critic calls ontological loathing. Aug 12, 2011 the long goodbye is an account of the scant months from her diagnosis to her death, and of their aftermath. Then he finds out that terry lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. I threw the book in a chair and went back to the cpuch across the table from. Dementia diaries discusses a disease that is both personal and social for more than five million patients and their families and friends in the united states today. Robert merrill of the ten films based on raymond chandlers novels, robert altmans the long goodbye 1973 is almost surely the most notorious.
Chandler also provides us with an abundance of social commentary while exploring a number of important themes. What does the conclusion of the long goodbye offer in the way of wisdom about marriage. The long goodbye, written 14 years later, takes 379 meandering pages before it exhausts its. All content included on our site, such as text, images, digital downloads and other, is the property of its content suppliers and protected by us and international laws. Apr 11, 2007 when robert altman made a movie of the novel chandler considered his best, the long goodbye, marlowe, played by elliott gould, seemed at first glance almost unrecognizable as the character. Freedom at midnight by larry collins and dominique lapierre 572 pages.
With lyricism and unswerving candor, the long goodbye conveys the fleeting moments of joy that make up a life, and the way memory can lead us out of the jagged darkness of loss. He was middleaged and had long since outlived both pity and anger. Although i have told many of you in private i havent made a public announcement, so here it is. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the long goodbye. Just endless white void, as far as my eyes can see. The chicago public library would like to thank the great books foundation, a nonprofit educational organization based in chicago, for contributing these questions. The long goodbye is a 1953 detective novel by raymond chandler, his sixth featuring the private detective philip marlowe marlowes drinking buddy terry lennox flees to mexico, leaving behind a dead wife and a lot of questions. The long goodbye is a classic novel by raymond chandler, the master of hardboiled crime. Mar 07, 2018 on march 7, 1973, robert altman unveiled his twohour, rrated noir adaptation of the long goodbye in theaters. Asianwiki raymond chandlers ingenious novel finds philip marlowe constantly on the move with a case involving a war scarred drunk and his nymphomaniac wife. The long goodbye 1973 given its place in robert altmans filmography, the long goodbye 1973 looks to be part of a grand plan. The long goodbye is an account of the scant months from her diagnosis to her death, and of their aftermath. The screenplay was written by leigh brackett, who cowrote the screenplay for chandlers the big sleep in 1946. Where is the original author getting the dates for the novel as specifically 19491950.
Americanbritish writer raymond chandlers crime fiction, the long goodbye 1953, is the sixth novel to feature his fictional detective hero philip marlowe. The question and answer section for the long goodbye is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel ask your own question. On march 7, 1973, robert altman unveiled his twohour, rrated noir adaptation of the long goodbye in theaters. The first set is at least half again as long as the second and includes pages with alternate versions of these scenes in the published version of the. Nov 01, 20 unlike potters desire for privacy in the long goodbye, the big lebowski wants the dude to dig into his affairs, hiring him to investigate his wifes disappearance. I liked the big sleep, it was one of the great novels of any type, mystery or otherwise. Marlowe hides in the bushes, pokes his nose up against a window, complains like a spoiled child, and runs after a.451 625 1099 129 48 609 354 599 1137 295 329 264 23 968 420 235 731 1163 79 151 531 318 594 37 1235 1160 1342 315 1096 593 874