In fact, he's downright cheery, even when replicating sequences from the actual novel. A man named Harry Jones, who is Agnes's new partner, approaches Marlowe and offers to sell him the location of Mona Mars. It is a double-sided, single-layer disc; with the 1946 theatrical version on side-A 114 m , and the 1945 version 116 m on side-B. Camilla tries to get her pictures back from Brody, who is now in possession of them. Marlowe pays Agnes for the address. She frees him, and he shoots and kills Canino.
He also convinces Vivian that her sister needs psychiatric care. The Big Sleep gets much criticism because A It's directed by Michael Winner, who is largely reviled in Great Britain for being a Grade A Jerk and name-dropping snob, and sub-par filmmaker. He takes her to a wooded area so she can learn. The cast here is quite impressive, with James Stewart as invalid General Sternwood, and Sarah Miles and Candy Clark as his troubled daughters. Because the war was ending, the studio feared the public might lose interest in the films, while The Big Sleep 's subject was not time-sensitive. The ivory furniture had chromium on it, and the enormous ivory drapes lay tumbled on the white carpet a yard from the windows. He wants Marlowe to deal with an attempt by a bookseller named Arthur Geiger to blackmail his wild young daughter, Carmen.
Mars' supposedly missing wife Mona is there as well. Marlowe disarms her and sends Vivian and Carmen home. Chandler would take stories he had already published in the pulp magazine and rework them into a coherent novel. On repeat viewings, it's slowly sunk in how he was so involved in just about everything that happened, and was still waiting for the big payoff when the story ended. The windows stared towards the dark foot-hills, and the air beyond the glass was dark too.
Almost every aspect of the narrative now seems ludicrously out of place. After he sets up an empty can on the ledge of a wall of the ruins of a Roman castle for her to use as a target, she points the gun at him and begins pulling the trigger repeatedly. Mitchum, Sarah Miles and John Mills reunited for this film, having starred together eight years before in. In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on the top of a high hill? The story remains the same though. He follows Geiger home, stakes out his house, and sees Carmen Sternwood enter.
It turns out that the emotionally disturbed Camilla had murdered her sister's husband Rusty and that Charlotte had covered everything up with Eddie Mars' help. Actors who had earlier played Marlowe in feature-length films include Powell 1944 , 1946 , 1947 , 1947 , 1969 and 1973. The Life of Raymond Chandler. It blew my mind that his character got off scot free at the end. I still like this take on the Chandler classic--a lot-- but the definitive version of any of the author's books has yet to be made.
He rushes in to find Geiger dead and Carmen drugged and naked, in front of an empty camera. Chandler merged the two fathers into a new character and did the same for the two daughters, resulting in General Sternwood and his wild daughter Carmen. He tracks down Canino at a remote garage, where he is overpowered and taken prisoner. The picture was directed by and stars in his second film portrayal of the detective. Mars arrives with four men, who set up an ambush outside. In fact, Ebert preferred the 1946 version. And due to Charlotte Regan's gambling debts, Mars appears to have a hold over Charlotte as well.
Eddie Mars, who had been backing Geiger, helped Vivian conceal it by first helping to dispose of Rusty's body, inventing a story about his wife running off with Rusty and then blackmailing her himself. The Big Sleep was released in high-definition on Blu-ray by Shout Factory on February 20th, 2018, as part of a two movie package along with Farewell My Lovely 1975 remake. She becomes hysterical at the ruse and he takes her home. I initially preferred this version over the much-lauded directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart as Marlowe and found the change of location interesting. The movie is a disappointment otherwise. She also mentions gambling at the casino of Eddie Mars and volunteers that Eddie's wife, Mona, ran off with Rusty. As might be expected, all this cannibalising—especially in a time when cutting and pasting was done by cutting and pasting paper—sometimes produced a plot with a few loose ends.
The supporting cast tries gamely to measure up to the genre but even B-Stars like Audrey Totter and Marie Windsor could work wonders in the most trifling of material, whereas Sarah Miles, and Candy Clark are merely adequate in their respective roles. After confronting Charlotte with the facts, Marlowe tells her to have Camilla hospitalized. Marlowe drives away from the Sternwood residence the same way he came in, hoping that the gravely ill General can handle the truth about his two wicked daughters. I really do need to get a decent copy of this one of these days, though. While at the mansion, he meets the general's spoiled and inquisitive daughter Charlotte and wild younger daughter Camilla.