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July 29 - August 8, 2021 • El Paso, TX Twitter iconFacebook icon

The Big Sleep

Signature Classic
Thursday, July 29
Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall
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Raymond Chandler’s 1939 novel launched both the author and his private eye, Philip Marlowe. In 1946, Howard Hawks directed Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in the film version, which became a classic. Both book and film not only fit into the noir genre, but helped define it. Both were more about ambiance and character than plot. This film begins with a dead pornographer, a rich girl (Bacall), and a detective (Bogart as Marlowe), and ends with one too many dead bodies for the story to explain. But the on-screen heat between Bogie and Bacall is the real story, and the edge and darkness of the film are its engine. As a critic for The Daily Telegraph wrote: “The Big Sleep is the best scripted, best directed, best acted, and least comprehensible film noir ever made.”

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Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall
Rated: NR