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Howard Hawks United States, 1946

Adam Z's rating of the film The Big Sleep

I prefer the 1946 version. If you can put Chandler out of your mind a bit, this is a great film, unquestionably. That's not to deny that the film reproduces a lot of what is great about Chandler, including Marlowe's cleverness, just that it's not quite the book. This is a Bogart/Bacall vehicle and a thoroughly Hollywood movie, and as such it doesn't get at Chandler's melancholy.