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Howard Hawks United States, 1946

Johnny DuBiel's rating of the film The Big Sleep

Dizzying, sexy, atmospheric, labyrinthine, dark, funny, and exciting-what a noir should be. Maintains a constant forward momentum despite convoluted plot, not allowing the viewer to dwell on the improbabilities of its plot twists. Faulkner's script and Hawks' direction is superb, and the cast is perfect. Even supporting players with lone scenes make an impression. This is what the image I get when I think of Bogart.