No other film was as controlled in its production as The Big Sleep. Every aspect of the film is so precise, that the filmmakers left nothing to chance. Every set was built inside, with the exception of a few exterior shots. The Big Sleep is a very visually interesting film that uses quick and precise cutting, harsh lighting, and wonderfully framed shots. The editing in The Big Sleep is extremely quick and precise, yet it is perfectly seamless. The cuts do not call any attention to themselves at all. These types of cuts are present in almost ever scene, but for example, the scene when Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is looking through the house and finds the hidden camera uses a very specific editing style. The editor uses a wider of the …show more content…
Most of the actors are wearing darker clothing as well which makes their faces stand out even more. This lighting style also adds to the tension and the mystery of the scene. It makes the audience on edge. The contrast filled lighting of film noir is also effective at bringing out the extremes of emotions and thought. The darkness of the genre makes anything that goes wrong seem less taboo, because the lighting of the genre sets up the norms for the world that the film lives in—and in that world, bad things happen. The lighting of the film helps the audience understand the world that the characters are in. Every aspect of The Big Sleep was taken even further with perhaps Alfred Hitchcock’s best film, Psycho. One of the most interesting elements of this film is how the main character and plot completely changes halfway through the film. For the first part of the film, the audience follows Marion Crane (Janet Leigh). Marion is in love with Sam Loomis (John Gavin) and decides to skip town after she steals $40,000 dollars from the company she works for. She eventually arrives at the Bates Motel where she meets Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), who runs the motel for his mother. In a twist of events, Marion is killed in a dramatic shower scene, after which the story completely shifts to follow the investigation of Marion’s disappearance, as well as the mystery of Norman and his mother. This is a very experimental way of structuring a film, but worked
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During the dawn of the Second World War, a new era began for women across America. As men departed to fight the war, women were left to fill their void in the workplace. Familiar role models such as “Rosie the Riveter” radiated strength and know-how traits historically emphasized only in men. As woman’s role in society broadened, new visions of attractiveness developed to accommodate this unprecedented aspect of femininity. Raymond Chandler’s portrayal of women in The Big Sleep (1939) highlights these changes in social construction of female sexuality and appeal in the setting of a male dominated society.
In the books The Big Sleep and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, both authors, Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep) and Simon Armitage (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight), create the protagonist of each story into archetypal knights. The protagonist of The Big Sleep is named Phillip Marlowe and in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the protagonist is named Sir Gawain. The 3 knightly qualities that we will be focusing on in this essay are self-sacrifice, loyalty and courage. These qualities are displayed throughout each story in different and similar ways throughout each book.
Generally when there is low key lighting, the audience feel tense, which creates a sense of suspense. The audience want to know what will happen next and the darkness foreshadows a bad even to come. Dark looks and styles are a key gothic horror element, an example from the film is the low-key lighting used in the boy’s room, which has not been touched for many years. This along with intense music sends a chill down the spine of the audience, as we will feel a demonic presence within that room. When the woman in black meets Arthur Kipps in person to see her son, the dim lighting makes us worried about what she will do next to Arthur Kipps. Due to the lighting in the film the scenes look dark, which makes the The Woman In Black a gothic horror
Mise en scene with elements like the camera work, settings, characters, plot and themes. The films involve mystery solving by detectives, in addition to a revolution on the crime and the corrupted people, And dark themes and a sense of unsolved problems and evil. The big sleep involves hardboiled character, which is the masculine strong detective in The Big Sleep he was hired by a rich man to solve a blackmail mystery. The movie shows all the events take place in the city, which symbolizes the darkness,corruption and that people that live there are untrustworthy. Another important element of film noir is the femme fatale, which dress up in white,
The Big Sleep follows the tough wisecracking, and morally upright private eye, Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) after he is hired by the old, ailing and tremendously wealthy, General Sternwood. While originally Marlowe was hired to help the General deal with a man named Arthur Gwynn Geiger, who is blackmailing the General over the General’s youngest daughter, Marlowe soon finds that the problem lies much deeper than previously thought and finds himself intertwined in the scandalous and hazardous lives the generals two spoiled, pretty, and wild daughters. This intertwinement though, fully depends on Marlow’s attraction to the eldest sister and fixation on solving the mystery of what these two girls have gotten themselves into.
The Big Sleep is a detective novel set in 1930’s Los Angeles written by Raymond Chandler. Phillip Marlowe is a private detective hired to take care of a blackmailing scheme. General Sternwood is a wealthy old man with two troublesome socialite daughters. The General wants Marlowe to handle a man named Arthur Gwynn Geiger who has some type of dirt on the youngest daughter, Carmen. Upon meeting Marlowe, General Sternwood drops hints that he has an ulterior motive for Marlowe to find his missing son-in-law Rusty Regan, a former bootlegger married to Vivian Sternwood. Marlowe’s investigation quickly meanders when Geiger ends up dead. The story sends Marlowe to porn shops and casinos, the underbelly of Los Angeles. He is constantly fighting off
The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946) uses mostly restricted narration, perceptual subjectivity, and the lack of mental subjectivity to show the strength of Marlow’s (Humphrey Bogart) loyalty towards Vivian (Lauren Bacall) and General Sternwood (Charles Waldren).
Noir genre is the style of film or fiction that is mysterious and gloomy, and the themes usually are crime and emphasize cynical attitudes. This genre came from and deeply influenced by the German Expressionism. The golden Era of film noir is between 1946 and 1951, which is also the time between and after the World War II in America. The stories of the noir genre are always take place in a city like Los Angeles because of The Golden West in the middle of 19 century. Raymond Chandler is a prominent practitioner of noir genre, and his novel The Big Sleep is widely considered to be one of the most significant novels of noir genre, which narrates a case that the main character Phillip Marlowe is investigating on.
In the film high key lighting represents regular humans. The lighting in town such as in Kim’s room has vibrant colors and uses high key lighting. The color is used to show the contrast of humanity and normality of the town, even though true emotion is faked by some. It is also used to convey closeness between Edward and Kim.
Lighting was used very creatively in this film, for example, when Marcellus is in his club, the lighting is very low. This gives the audience a sense of mystery and danger. There is many different genres that film may fit into such as, Gangster, Comedy, and even Drama. The viewers may have felt very connected to the film due to specific content such as, history and class. The actors are dressed up like anyone would expect to see past gangsters, they have a class that is usually stereotyped as suit wearing, dangerous men, and in this film it’s
Are you a huge fan of detective films? Are you interested in solving mysteries and cases? If yes, “The big sleep” film by Howard Hawks may be suitable for you. “The big sleep” movie is an American thriller-mystery film which is adopted from a well-known complicated novel with the same name in 1939 by Raymond Chandler. Both of the film and novel have a remarkable success during their time and considered as one of the best classic Hollywood film that is still recognized until now.
The aim was for the audience to have a longing for sensual images out of ordinary things they could relate to. Sleep was written at the time he realised this truth was to be found in a fresh examination of the link between man and woman and their environment and
The film is one long take that lacks any editing; in other words the film is arguably rushes that have not been given its final form, it is an unfinished piece. Yet, its incompleteness is what makes the film the truest form of footage, it has not been meddled with and it is
"Someone is blackmailing Carmen, dissolute younger daughter Sternvuda old general, who hires a private detective Marlowe to find and discourage extortion. Tom did not manage to do the job - all the suspects one by one kill.
I sat at my desk, wondering what I could possibly write about The Big Sleep. I mean, there are so many possibilities. This guy, Raymond Chandler's writing style is so different from anything I have ever read before, that there are many things that I could talk about. I heard that Chandler once said, "I live for syntax!" It does not surprise me that he would say something along those lines. I mean, this writer is all over the page with different writing techniques. Whether it is his use of similes or the lack of punctuation, Chandler's novel is easy to read, process and enjoy.