“That’s a lot of entertainment for five grand!” Philip Marlowe’s talking about the questionable spectacle of a bunch of gangsters (including an uncredited Arnold Schwarzenegger) stripping to make a point, but it applies equally to Robert Altman’s time-traveling Chandler adaptation as a whole. Mumbling Elliott Gould is miles apart from Humphrey Bogart but drop dead cool in his own inimitable way, and all of 1970s Los Angeles emerges as his deceptively sunny antagonist.
The Long Goodbye. Robert Altman, 1973. ****
- Roger Ebert
- Terrence Rafferty revists The Long Goodbye
- Terrence Rafferty on the occasion of Altman’s 81st birthday
- Ill-Informed Gadfly
- Christopher Sieving at PopMatters
- The Long Goodbye at Wikipedia