Farewell, My Lovely

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One of the finest Hollywood adaptations of a Raymond Chandler book, the 1975 version of Farewell, My Lovely gets botched in this Artisan Home Entertainment DVD release. The movie is shown only in the pan-and-scan full-screen format and the shoddy transfer does cinematographer John A. Alonzo's beautifully overripe work further injustice. While Alonzo is justly famous for his trend-setting lensing of Chinatown, his approach here was completely different, and he shot this richly color-saturated movie like it was an ...
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Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles, Jack O'Halloran DVD Fine in fine packaging. Language: English. Run time: 97 mins. Originally released: 1975. ... out of print and very rare, disc and case in excellent condition, perfect playback guaranteed. Immediate ship. Thanks for looking! ! ! Read more Show Less

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One of the finest Hollywood adaptations of a Raymond Chandler book, the 1975 version of Farewell, My Lovely gets botched in this Artisan Home Entertainment DVD release. The movie is shown only in the pan-and-scan full-screen format and the shoddy transfer does cinematographer John A. Alonzo's beautifully overripe work further injustice. While Alonzo is justly famous for his trend-setting lensing of Chinatown, his approach here was completely different, and he shot this richly color-saturated movie like it was an old black-and-white noir. While the shoddy DVD transfer unfortunately ruins the visuals, the muddy audio track doesn't rate any higher. Hopefully a better DVD edition will be released shortly because Farewell, My Lovely is a gem of a movie that features a wonderful central performance by Robert Mitchum as a downbeat Philip Marlowe. While Farewell, My Lovely captures the feel of Chandler's novels better than any other cinematic adaptation of his work, this expensive DVD release commits a crime against the movie's memory.
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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Soaked in period detail, the third remake of Raymond Chandler's eponymous novel is fascinating to look at if a mite leisurely in pacing. Gumshoe Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) is hired by mountainous criminal Moose Malloy (Jack O'Halloran) to find a former girlfriend. Raymond Chandler had many qualities as a writer but reverence was hardly one of them. Thus, the reverence for the period, manifest in the impressively detailed art direction, seems strangely out of place for a writer whose tone of cynical romanticism often expressed contempt for the Los Angeles of the '30s and '40s, the time and place of which he wrote. The film has retained his romanticism but muted his biting wit, and in casting the laconic, aging Mitchum to play the younger, highly verbal detective, and insisting on a halting pace, it casts its lot with nostalgia rather than excitement. But, if less well-made than the previous version, Edward Dmytryk's Murder, My Sweet (1944), the film has its pleasures, among them the iconographic performance of Mitchum, the wonderful camerawork of John Alonzo, and the brooding score of David Shire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1999
  • UPC: 013023027091
  • Original Release: 1975
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  • Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Phillip Marlowe
Charlotte Rampling Helen Grayle
John Ireland Nulty
Sylvia Miles Mrs. Florian
Jack O'Halloran Moose Malloy
Anthony Zerbe Brunette
Harry Dean Stanton Billy Rolfe
John O'Leary Marriott
Kate Murtagh Amthor
Walter McGinn Tommy Ray
Jimmy Archer Georgie
Joe Spinell Nick
Sylvester Stallone Kelly/Jonnie
Burton Gilliam Cowboy
Mark Allen Detective
Jack Bernardi Louis Levine
Wally K. Berns Father
Harry Caesar Bartender
Jerry Fujikawa Fence
Eddra Gale Singer
Ted Gehring Roy
Stu Gilliam 1st Man
Andrew Harris Mulatto Child
Richard Kennedy 1st Detective
Lola Mason Mother
Noelle North Girl
John O'Neill
Bennett Ohta Patron in Pool Hall
Logan Ramsey Commissioner
Joan Shawlee Woman in Ballroom
Cheryl Smith Doris
Rainbeaux Smith Doris
Jim Thompson Judge Grayle
Dino Washington Bouncer
Napoleon Whiting Hotel Clerk
Technical Credits
Dick Richards Director
Frank Westmore Makeup
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Jerry Bick Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Joel Cox Editor
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
David Zelag Goodman Screenwriter
Angelo P. Graham Art Director
Elliott Kastner Executive Producer
Bob Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Georges Pappas Producer
Tony Scarano Costumes/Costume Designer
David Shire Score Composer
David Sosna Asst. Director
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
Walter Thompson Editor
Raymond Chandler Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Opening Credits [2:12]
2. Philip Marlowe [5:35]
3. Moose Malloy [7:59]
4. Tommy Ray [3:14]
5. Jesse Florian [8:42]
6. Lindsay Marriott [11:05]
7. Interrogation [3:44]
8. Judge and Mrs.Grayle [7:19]
9. Frances Amthor [12:48]
10. Laird Brunette [5:40]
11. A Fistful of Bourbon [5:04]
12. Motel Flea Bag [2:53]
13. The Big Sleep [3:20]
14. Nutty's Dilemma [5:39]
15. The Lido [8:13]
16. End Credits [1:48]
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