The Big Sleep. 1946. USA. Directed by Howard Hawks. Screenplay by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. With Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, John Ridgely. 35mm. 114 min.
In this classic film noir, the wealthy Sternwood family hires venerable private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) to find out who is blackmailing their youngest daughter. Marlowe is confronted with myriad obstacles, threatening characters, and a hopelessly convoluted mystery, courtesy of Raymond Chandler. In real life, Bogart was divorcing his third wife to be free to marry Lauren Bacall; the mutual attraction and physical tension were apparent on set, and are plainly captured on screen. An American classic, The Big Sleep was added to the National Film Registry in 1997.