Cinema: A Curious Spectacle

THE LONG GOODBYE

Directed by ROBERT ALTMAN

Screenplay by LEIGH BRACKETT

The movie opens with a rasping fanfare, a blast from an old record of Hooray for Hollywood. It very neatly sets the tone for this travesty of Raymond Chandler's superb novel about honor and friendship, two subjects among a great many that Robert Altman cannot bring himself to take seriously.

Someone, at least, seems to have started with the right idea. The screen play is credited to a woman who worked with two other scenarists of some renown (William Faulkner, Jules Furthman) on Howard...

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