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The Big Sleep

Howard Hawks / US, 1946 / 114 min.

Humphrey Bogart is the epitome of the hard-boiled private detective as Philip Marlowe. Lauren Bacall is his laconic counterpart. Together, they get caught up in one of the most complicated storylines in the history of film noir.

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When the wealthy former general Sternwood hires private investigator Marlowe to find out who is blackmailing his daughters Carmen and Vivian, it seems a job like any other. But then a complicated scenario unfolds involving murder, intrigue, drugs and other stuff that is best kept hidden.

The Big Sleep is "a black-and-white symphony that exactly reproduces Chandler's ability to find a tone of voice", according to the authoritative film critic Roger Ebert. As in the following dialogue between general Sternwood and Marlowe. Sternwood: “How do you like your brandy?" Marlowe: "In a glass.”

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Rain-drenched streets, curls of cigarette smoke, and men with a dark past. An inescapable fate and a femme fatale, sly and sexually independent. This summer Eye is presenting an extended programme of classic film noir, featuring masterpieces such as The Third Man and In a Lonely Place starring Humphrey Bogart. With vintage 35mm prints and newly restored works.

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