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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2014, 04:07:05 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2014, 03:10:55 PM »

The new UK blu includes a booklet with several things of interest. One is an interview with Leigh Brackett from July, 1975. In this excerpt she explains how the script came together. Warning: MASSIVE SPOILERS.
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Well, I was working with Jerry Bick in the beginning. Elliot Kastner of course was the executive producer, and Jerry was the producer, and with Brian Hutton, who was to be the director.
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And Brian was having problems himself at that time. And Brian got a brilliant idea how to solve the plot problem. I kept telling him, I donít think itíll work because I think . . . well, I didnít think, but Brian didnít understand the discipline and the structure of the mystery story. . . .
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And this brilliant idea was very clever, the only trouble was it killed you right at the top of page one. You were dead right there. Well, I thought maybe Iím wrong so Iíll go ahead and do it, and so I wrote a script. And it didnít work.
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Well, we threw out quite a lot of characters and we started off with Terry and the death of Sylvia. And his idea was that Terry had pre-planned the whole thing. Heíd murdered his wife himself knowing that Roger Wade would be blamed for it. In other words, you had people coming out of boxes and saying words because they had to, otherwise the plot didnít work. And a plot thatís built that way never works: youíve just got puppets and nothing builds. So I sent it in and I didnít like it very much, and I had done something with the ending Iíve forgotten, because the ending in the book is inconclusive, everybody felt, and I did something . . . and Brian said no, hell, Iíd rather have Marlowe shoot him himself. So I said  well, fine, that at least I do like, so letís have Marlowe shoot him. So thatís where that came from. And then there was a hiatus, some problem that had nothing to do with me, I donít know, way up at the production top, and Brian had another commitment and had to leave the film. So we sat for quite a while on the shelf, and so then they got Bob Altman. And Bob Altman was cutting Images at that point and he was in London so I scooted over to London again . . .
And we had jam sessions, he and Jerry Bick and I met for a week and got it all thrashed out, and Iíd go to a hotel at night and pound on a borrowed typewriter until I got the notes all down and would go back the next day and do the next segment. And we got everything all thrashed out and then I came home and did the script, and that was that. And some of the touches like the cat, the opening with the cat, were Bobís, and the ending, where he dances away to . . . that was Altmanís, and the first time I saw that in the projection room I looked at it and ďWhat in the . . . is going on here?Ē And he said, ďYou know, the whole thing is a farce, you canít play it straight, everybody knows, so you play it off as a joke.Ē
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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2014, 03:37:28 PM »

"because the ending in the book is inconclusive"

Surely it isn't as conclusive as in the movie. Roll Eyes


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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2014, 02:32:07 AM »

Altman's TLG is very different from Chandler's TLG. The film is based on the book, but it is far from being a faithful adaptation. I don't remember how much the story differs, but in tone and style Altman's film is completely on his own.

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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2014, 04:08:47 PM »

I recall seeing an interview with Altman (probably on the DVD's bonus features) where said something like, "People were telling me, 'this is not Philip Marlowe,' but what they really meant was, 'this is not Humphrey Bogart' "

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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2014, 04:10:44 PM »

(note: the above is a VERY indirect quote, written purely from memory of an interview I watched a couple of years ago... If you have the dvd, check out the bonus features and you can see what Altman said, how accurate my 'transcription' is :-)

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« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2014, 11:19:56 AM »

Elliot Gould is neither Humphrey Bogart nor Chandler's hero. It's best to view Gould as a guy who just happens to have the name of a fictional character. Altman's TLG is not Chandler's. This is a good thing--Chandler's novel is terrible.

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« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2014, 02:06:32 PM »

First thing I hear. All Chandler novels or only this one?

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« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2014, 04:27:43 PM »

I generally stopped buying movies unless I really love them, and in this case, it's worth a buy:

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14443

Finally! Been holding off on the standard DVD for a while. Altman is one of my favorite filmmakers (better than Leone) and this may be his best work, besides maybe 3 Women.

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« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2014, 05:29:31 AM »




A waste of time. The movie is better than the book, people here say.

I finally got around to the novel, the book is a bit long and a bit tedious, its about blonds, a handful of blonds, its about Terry Lenox, a bit too much about Lenox, its about a high society LA that isn't very hard boiled, its about a soft boiled Marlowe written by a Chandler who lost his edge. He keeps attempting classic Marlowe-izims (i.e. the classic, ... he stood out "like a tarantula on a piece of angel food") that misfire badly. Its a book to far, Chandler does the blonds better than Altman, in the film they are sort of all condensed into the bevy of spaced out beauties living next door to Marlowe, and Nina van Pallandt is terrible as the only blond Altman features but like mentioned before Altman does the end better and with style.

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« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2014, 10:50:53 AM »

It's about time this will be released on R1.

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« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2014, 05:35:53 PM »

It's about time this will be released on R1.
How about in Region A? http://www.amazon.com/Long-Goodbye-Blu-ray-Elliot-Gould/dp/B00MYMTANU/ref=pd_rhf_gw_s_cp_36_28KA?ie=UTF8&refRID=13YDQZMEV7RDXWJNFNW7

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« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2016, 04:27:38 PM »

Gould about it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5mfNmbs7IA

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