Big Sleep Essay examples

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How does your chosen film adhere to or diverge from the generic convention at play within the genre of the chosen film?

‘The Big Sleep' (1946) starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall is one of Raymond Chandler's best hard-boiled detective mysteries transformed in to a Film Noir, private detective film classic.

The Big Sleep is the best example of a classic Warner Brothers mystery. It is very complex, confusing

L.A. private eye Phillip Marlowe takes on a blackmail case and follows a trail peopled with murders, pornographers, nightclub rouges and the indulged rich. Humphrey Bogart plays Raymond Chandlers' legendary gumshoe and director Howard Hawks serves up quick paced character encounters mainly evolving Lauren Bacall, all
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She told the detective nobody had called and they had. This all leads us to know the genre of the film.

Film noir coined by the French film critics who noticed the trend of how dark and black the looks and themes were of many American crime and detective films released following the war is a style of American films evolved in the 1940's, and lasted in a classic period until 1960. Film noir is a distinct branch or subgenre of the crime/gangster sagas from the 1930's.

The film ‘The Big Sleep' fits well in to this particular genre as it has a private detective, Humphrey Bogart set to resolve a series of blackmail cases and a seductive female set cause havoc along the way. There is also much corruption throughout the film, gambling, pornography, blackmail, affairs, nightclubs rouges and the rich who are very much indulged.

In the opening section to this film woman are instantaneously represented as flirtatious and slightly silly. As soon as the detective comes in to the room she walks over to him in a salacious and seductive manor. She touches her face and licks her fingers all the time flirty outrageously.

Within the first couple of minutes of the film blackmail is clearly presant, the detective was hired to ascertain who was blackmailing him and why. He also believes his family comes from corrupted blood. This instantly gives us the audience the impression that the blackmail

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