The Long Goodbye(1973)

This is an excellent film. I was watching it under the impression that it’s a mystery thriller-which it’s but its being a mystery is not what is outstanding about it. It’s very messy and absurd as a mystery. It’s one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen. This film has one of the most laid-back private eye in Marlowe(played by Elliot Gould). Prior to this film I had seen him only in Rom-Com TV show Friends as Jack Geller. The most distinguishing, entertaining and it would not be an exaggeration if I say “enchanting” feature of this film is Marlowe’s pep-talk. The very first scene which starts with his cat waking him up at 3 in the morning made this film worth watching for me. The way he tries to fool his cat is tantalizing. His self-talk seems pretty much like that of Donald Duck’s in Disney’s cartoons. It’s not a coincidence then, i suppose, we see him saying his name as “Donald Duck” in the police investigation. If you observe you find Donald Duck reference even in the end-credits song Hollywood.

This picture is funny, perhaps unintentionally so. It reminds me of True Romance by Tony Scot. This is a very light-hearted thriller if there was ever one. It also reminded me of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown in a way but in Chinatown it’s darker and more saturnine. It’s possible that Gould had already made an impression in my mind as a comic character because of Friends, hence i found him too funny–but i seriously believe that this film should also be put under the genre Comedy. Those junkie girls who are always high and talk absurd are also hilarious. This is a wonderful film. I loved watching it. Also you can’t help but notice Arnold Schwarzenegger as a bodyguard in a few scenes. 

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