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  Altman, Star Wars & Arnie in The Long GoodbyeMay 14, 2013 10:14 PM PDT | url
Added 1 new A* page:Blah, I dunno where the time went today, which is probably exactly the problem; I know I spent ages drawing layouts and erasing, just trying to find something that clicked; in any case, it looks like the one page will have to be it. Will do better tomorrow, I hope!
On a completely unrelated note >_>, Altman's 1973 film "The Long Goodbye" on Netflix streaming is a darn fine movie: his reinvention of Raymond Chandler's classic noir private eye Philip Marlowe 20 years later, for a jaded '70s. One production note I found particularly interesting was that "The Long Goodbye's" screenwriter, Leigh Brackett, also wrote, nearly 30 years earlier, the screenplay for Howard Hawks' adaptation of Chandler's "The Big Sleep," in which Marlowe was played by Bogart, and which is a darn fine film itself. Elliot Gould in "The Long Goodbye" is no Bogart, which is probably exactly the point.
Brackett had also written a lot of her own science fiction, along with other screenplays, in between, and would later deliver "a finished first draft" of the script for "The Empire Strikes Back" shortly before her death from cancer in 1978. AND in "The Long Goodbye," the guy who also happened to go on to write the score for "Empire" and the other Star Wars movies, John Williams, took the eponymous Johnny Mercer theme song and recast it over and over in other musical styles heard throughout the film, so that all the music you hear throughout is simply radically different versions of "The Long Goodbye."
AND if creatively punishing gangster Marty Augustine's super-buff henchman looks kinda familiar once he strips down later in the film--which I should mention does include nudity, language, and a bit of violence--that's because he's the future governor of California (Altman's Marlowe references another governor of California, Ronald Reagan), Arnold Schwarzenegger, in an uncredited role, just his second movie appearance (after starring in the 1970 "Hercules in New York").
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