Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely

DVD - 2015
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The hardboiled Marlowe's latest cases, the search for an ex-convict's lost love, and the murder of a client, take on an even more sinister turn when they begin to connect, leading the private eye deeper and deeper into the seamy underbelly of 1940s Los Angeles. As the stakes are raised and the body count swells, it looks like Marlowe might be next on the list to take the big sleep.


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Apr 12, 2017

1975 film of Raymond Chandler's novel, which had been previously filmed under the title "Murder, My Sweet." Robert Mitchum plays Chandler's iconic private investigator Phillip Marlowe and he's older than Marlowe is supposed to be, but his laconic world weariness is right for the role. Sadly, the film is decidedly mediocre: listlessly directed by Dick Richards, poorly written, and half-hearted in its attempted to evoke 1940s L.A. The cast is the only reason to watch it. Aside from Mitchum, the cast includes Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Harry Dean Stanton, Anthony Zerbe, ex-boxer Jack O'Halloran (He was Non in "Superman II."), and Sylvester Stallone in a brief role. Oh, and pulp maestro Jim Thompson plays Rampling's husband in what was his only screen appearance. The 70s ushered in the neo-noir era, but "Chinatown" and another Chandler adaptation, "The Long Goodbye," are much better examples. Mitchum would play Marlowe again in "The Big Sleep," making him the only actor to play the character more than once.

Apr 17, 2016

I’ve heard about films with Robert Mitchum as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and now finally have seen one. This is surely in the top five of all film noir, right behind The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, and China Town and just behind films like The Long Goodbye, The Big Heat, Murder My Sweet, The Postman Always Rings Twice and Laura. I’ve read all of the Chandler novels in the last couple years and to tell you the truth, I’m not sure that this film follows exactly the novel Farewell My Lovely. I just don’t remember the novel having this many dead bodies piling up. I dare you to avoid laughing as Marlowe wise-cracks just before getting bs’d, drugged or beaten to a pulp.

Feb 06, 2016

World weary private eye. Mitchums best. Battling evil and brick walls.

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