The Long Goodbye

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

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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.

Additional Info

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

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