BIG SLEEP

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THE BIG SLEEP

Howard Hawks
USA, 1946
114min, OF

THE BIG SLEEP

Howard Hawks
USA, 1946
, 114min, OF

Cast: 
Humphrey Bogart
Philip Marlowe
Lauren Bacall
Vivian Sternwood Rutledge
Martha Vickers
Carmen Sternwood
Charles Waldron
General Sternwood
John Ridgely
Eddie Mars
Patricia Clarke
Mona Mars
Dorothy Malone
Buchhändlerin
Screenplay: 
William Faulkner
Jules Furthman
Leigh Brackett nach dem Roman «The Big Sleep» von Raymond Chandler
Sound: 
Robert B. Lee
Camera: 
Sidney Hickox
Editor: 
Christian Nyby
Composer: 
Max Steiner «And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine» gesungen von Lauren Bacall
Decoration: 
Carl Jules Weyl
Costume: 
Leah Rhodes

Production: 
Warner Bros. 4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA 91522, USA T 818 954 63 41 F 818 954 48 36
World Sales: 
Hollywood Classics Linton House, 39/51 Highgate Road London, NW5 1RS, Großbritannien T 207 424 72 80 F 207 428 89 36
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

What gives depth to the dimension of the screen chemistry between Bogart and Bacall, is that Vivien/Bacall is equally adept in work and play. When we first see her (which is when Marlowe does) she is dressed smartly in a uniform-like jacket, complete with shoulder pads and collar, and later with checkered jacket and a black beret. Hawks is presenting Vivien as a figure equal to Marlowe in terms of facing the tasks ahead. Her costuming is a subtle denial of another stylistic convention of the film noir genre: the sinister allure of the femme fatale Vivien wears not passive and seductive whites, but active and assertive jackets and collars. The world of The Big Sleep is a world of high-class Hollywood hoodwink. The films pace is relentless; the lighting kept low-key. And Max Steiners score is just the right soundtrack for us as we ride with Marlowe through the rainy, gloomy streets. (Andrew Slattery)

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