Film Screening

Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Long Goodbye

Part of Farewell Films

The Long Goodbye

Date + Time

Thursday, May 23, 2013
7:00 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater


Robert Altman, The Long Goodbye, 1973, 112 min., 35mm

Elliott Gould stars as the hard-boiled, wise-cracking private investigator Philip Marlowe who gets caught up with a host of shady and villainous characters — including a sadistic mobster, a greedy psychiatric quack, an alcoholic author, and a Malibu femme fatale — after he unwittingly helps his best friend Lennox flee from a murder charge. Altman updates the noir genre by setting it in zany 1970s California, complete with beachfront mansions and topless pot-obsessed yoga babes. Yet Marlowe remains a man of the past, with an old-fashioned moral code that both sets him apart from everyone around him and propels his investigation into who the real murderer is.

Admission + Ticketing

$5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium).

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Image: Robert Altman, The Long Goodbye (still), 1973; photo courtesy MGM/Photofest; © MGM