New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

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October 1, 1999 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(American, 1973, 113 minutes, color, 35 mm)

Directed by Robert Altman
Starring Elliot Gould, Nina Van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden,
Henry Gibson, Mark Rydell

Altman cleverly updates the exploits of classic hardboiled gumshoe Phillip Marlowe, who ferrets out a killer in the City of Angels, circa 1974. Little has changed since the noirish 1940s as far as murder is concerrned, but now Marlowe has nudist neighbors and coke-addled, sun-worshipping suspects. Arnold Schwarzenegger also appears unbilled.