Classic Film: The Big Sleep

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The late film critic Roger Ebert wrote, “Working from [Raymond] Chandler's original words and adding spins of their own, the writers (William Faulkner, Jules Furthman and Leigh Brackett) wrote one of the most quotable of screenplays: it's unusual to find yourself laughing in a movie not because something is funny but because it's so wickedly clever.”

Faulkner goes full film noir in his most successful pairing with director Howard Hawks, which stars the indomitable Humphrey Bogart as Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe and the incendiary Lauren Bacall as femme fatale Vivian Sternwood. The complex whodunit was filmed approximately six months before Bogart and Bacall tied the knot in real life; on screen, they deliver electrifying, unforgettable dialog as Marlowe falls deep into the LA underground as he tries to unravel a blackmail plot aimed at Vivian’s younger sister.

Brooks Films presents this series of films written or inspired by southern author William Faulkner in celebration of the museum’s new Carroll Cloar Gallery, which opened in September. Born in the Delta, Cloar evolved into the most famous painter to emerge from this region. His hauntingly beautiful evocations of the American South draw upon family stories, photographs of ancestors, rural scenery, small town life, and memories of his childhood near Earle, Arkansas.

Director: Howard Hawks | USA | 1946 | 114 minutes

$9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.
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