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Howard Hawks United States, 1946

Zachary T.'s rating of the film The Big Sleep

Slick, sharply-scripted, self-assured noir of the genre's heyday -- convoluted as all hell (Hawkes and Chandler even admitted they were lost during production), but really, the plot is just an excuse for talented stars to glower in smoky rooms, barrel through the rain in expensive cars and spout singularly, giddily clever and cynical dialogue. Style over substance, sure, but man, what style.