FAREWELL, MY LOVELY (1975)
In the first half of the 1970s, Robert Mitchum reached a new peak, the end of which came with this nostalgic, neon-lit adaptation of Raymond Chandler's second Philip Marlowe novel. The film has its charms — not the least of which is a cameo appearance by crime writer Jim Thompson as Charlotte Rampling's husband — but Mitchum is the one who gives the film its secret force, as if he were confronting the end of both his leading-man identity and the world that formed him as a star with bravery and grace. (Note courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center.) DIR Dick Richards; SCR David Zelag Goodman, from the novel by Raymond Chandler; PROD Jerry Bruckheimer, George Pappas. U.S., 1975, color, 95 min. RATED R
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