The Big Sleep

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In Brief: One of the best examples of Film Noir — some might argue the definitive expression of the genre — Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep (1946) has a lot going for it. You've got a hard-boiled Raymond Chandler source novel, a screenplay cowritten by Leigh Brackett (The Empire Strikes Back) and William Faulkner, Bogie and Bacall bringing their real-life romantic chemistry back to the screen following their meet-cute on the set of Hawks' To Have and Have Not (1944) — really, what's there not to like? In typical Noir fashion, the byzantine plot mechanics are excessively convoluted, though not hopelessly so as some critics and historians have suggested. If you've never seen it before, you owe it to yourself to check it out. If you've seen it dozens of times (as I have), then you know it's endlessly re-watchable, so you might as well see it again.
Genre: Film Noir
Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Elisha Cook Jr., Charles Waldron, Dorothy Malone
Rated: PG

The Wedge at the Foundation will present a free screening of The Big Sleep on Monday, August 7 at 7 p.m. at the brewery’s new location at 5 Foundy Street in the River Arts District.


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