From February 15, 2023 in American cinemas with Open Roads Films Marlowe, noir crime thriller set in late 1930s Los Angeles. The classic noir storyline follows a detective played by Liam Neeson who is hired on a disappearance case that will become more complicated than expected. Directed by Neil Jordan de The soldier’s wife And Interview with the vampire.
Marlowe – Plot and cast
The official plot: Marlowe centers on shrewd but disgraced detective Philip Marlowe (Liam Neeson), hired to find the ex-lover of glamorous heiress Clare Cavendish (Diane Kruger), daughter of a famous movie star (Jessica Lange). The disappearance exposes a web of lies and soon Marlowe is drawn into a dangerous and deadly investigation in which everyone involved has something to hide.
The cast also includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian Hart, Colm Meaney, Danny Huston, Alan Cumming, Colm Meaney, Seána Kerslake, François Arnaud, Anton Antoniadis, ulius Cotter, Darrell D’Silva, JM Maciá, Daniela Melchior, Patrick Muldoon, Mitchell Mullen, Stella Stocker, Michael Strelow.
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Trivia about the movie
- This is the eleventh film version of Philip Marlowe.
- Neil Jordan (Greta) directs “Marlowe” from a screenplay by Academy Award winner William Monahan (The Departed), based on a short story by John Banville and a character created by Raymond Chandler.
- Catalonia is often the choice in Europe to make it look like California.
- This film is based on the 2014 novel The Black-Eyed Blonde – A Philip Marlowe Novel by Benjamin Black, and not on one of Raymond Chandler’s original Marlowe works .
- Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger have previously starred together in Unknown – Without identity (2011).
- In Liam Neeson’s 2014 film The Perfect Prey – A Walk Among The TombstonesPhilip Marlowe was mentioned several times by the boyfriend TJ who was helping Neeson in that movie where Neeson was a retired cop turned private detective.
The Original Novel – The Black-Eyed Blonde
John Banville is an Irish novelist and journalist. His novel The explanation of the facts (1989) was nominated for the Booker Prize and won the Guinness Peat Aviation award. His eighteenth novel, The seawon the Man Booker Prize in 2005. He has written five novels under the pseudonym Benjamin Black including “The Black-Eyed Blonde – A Philip Marlowe Novel” on which the film is based.
The synopsis of the book: John Banville is one of the greatest contemporary novelists. Beloved by the critics (just to give an example, in 2014 Pietro Citati in the Corriere della Sera defined his The Untouchable “an extraordinary novel: certainly the most beautiful of the last forty years” for “the vastness, the richness, the terrible rice”), Banville during his career has won the most prestigious awards, including the Booker Prize for Il Mare, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Nonino Prize, the Irish Book Awards, the European Literary Award, the Irish PEN Award and the Prince of Asturias Award for his work. Several critics and journalists consider him, with Philip Roth and Haruki Murakami, as one of the possible winners of the next Nobel Prize for Literature. Banville is known for his precise and cold prose, characterized by a Nabokovian inventiveness, and for his dark humour. Among his works, there is also a series of very high quality “mystery novels”, set in Dublin in the 1950s, which have the anatomopathologist Quirke as the protagonist. From Quirke’s novels the BBC and RTÉ made a TV series in 2014. In Los Angeles it is a sleepy summer afternoon, not a leaf moves and the traffic on the street flows in slow motion, like Philip Marlowe’s business: yes, that very Philip Marlowe, the roughest and most solitary of private detectives. But sometimes a moment is enough for events to take an unexpected turn, the entry into the office of a breathtaking beauty, a sensual and elegant blonde, is enough to upset plans and thoughts. Clare Cavendish, heir to Langrishe Fragrances, a perfume empire, is looking for her missing lover, Nico Peterson, an entertainment agent who gets by thanks to cheap stars and hopeful starlets. Of course, an odd couple. She is well aware that her man was not much, little more than a scoundrel in elegant clothes, yet it was hers, and she is determined to get it back. The places they frequented were also strange, such as the exclusive Cahuilla Club, with its boundary wall covered in bougainvillea, the imposing golden gate and an impeccable butler with a marked English accent who serves tea. Immersing himself in this world overflowing with wealth, Marlowe finds himself grappling with extravagant characters and shady individuals, like the two Mexicans who suddenly appear, willing to do anything to find Nico: who sends them and why? To disorient Marlowe, in addition to the ambiguous seductiveness of the black-eyed blonde, the worm of doubt and very tangled feelings that bind him to more than one of the characters in the story creeps in. A masterful direction, supported by a refined writing, capable of continuous scraps and changes of register, to revive the world of Raymond Chandler and one of the most loved noir detectives of all time.
The novel “The Blonde with Black Eyes – A Philip Marlowe Investigation” is available at Amazon.
Philip Marlowe in film and on TV
Philip Marlowe is a character created by Raymond Chandler specialist in the hardboiled detective genre. The hardboiled genre originated in the 1920s, most notably in Black Mask magazine, in which Dashiell Hammett’s short stories “The Continental Op” and “Sam Spade” first appeared. Marlowe first appears under that name in The Big Sleep, published in 1939
Behind his witty, heavy drinker and tough guy, Marlowe is quietly contemplative, philosophical and loves chess and poetry. While he’s not afraid to risk physical harm, he doesn’t use violence just to settle scores. Morally upright, he is not fooled by the usual femmes fatales of the genre, such as Carmen Sternwood in “The Big Sleep”. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published when Chandler was 51; his latest, “One More Night” (Playback), was released when the writer was 70 years old. Chandler wrote seven novels in the last two decades of his life. An eighth, “The Poodle Springs Story,” was completed posthumously by Robert B. Parker and published years later.
The first film adaptation of a Chandler novel was The Falcon Takes Over by Irving Reis (1942, unpublished in Italy), taken from “Goodbye, my beloved”, but the protagonist, played by George Sanders, does not appear with the name of Marlowe but of Gay Lawrence. It will be Dick Powell, in 1944, to interpret for the first time the character of Chandler as Marlowe in the film The shadow of the pastwhile the greatest prestige to the character was conferred by Humphrey Bogart’s acting in it The big sleep by Howard Hawks (1946). Subsequently, many other actors took on the role of Marlowe, including Robert Mitchum and Elliott Gould.
- The Falcon Takes Over (1942) by Irving Reis with George Sanders (Gay Lawrence) inspired by the novel Goodbye, my love (1940). The protagonist does not appear as Marlowe but as Gay Lawrence
- Michael Shayne and the counterfeit coins / Time to Kill (1942) by Herbert I. Leeds with Lloyd Nolan (Michael Shayne) inspired by the novel Window on the void (1942). The protagonist does not appear as Marlowe but as Michael Shayne
- The shadow of the past / Murder, My Sweet (1944) by Edward Dmytryk with Dick Powell based on the novel Goodbye, my love (1940)
- The big sleep (1946) by Howard Hawks with Humphrey Bogart based on the novel The big sleep (1939)
- The bloody coin / The Brasher Doubloon (1947) by John Brahm with George Montgomery based on the novel Window on the void (1942)
- A woman in the lake (1947) by Robert Montgomery with Robert Montgomery based on the novel The lady in the lake (1943)
- Philip Marlowe by Robert Ellis Miller, Paul Stewart and others with Philip Carey. TV series in 26 episodes, broadcast from October 6, 1959 to March 29, 1960
- Detective Marlowe (1969) by Paul Bogart with James Garner based on the novel The little sister (1949). In a scene alongside James Garner from the TV series Rockford Agency actor and martial arts icon Bruce Lee appears.
- The long goodbye (1973) by Robert Altman with Elliott Gould based on the novel The long goodbye (1955)
- Marlowe, the private policeman / Farewell, My Lovely (1975) by Dick Richards with Robert Mitchum based on the novel Goodbye, my love (1940)
- Marlowe investigates / The Big Sleep (1978) by Michael Winner with Robert Mitchum based on the novel The big sleep (1939)
- The mystery of the missing body / Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaids (1982) by Carl Reiner with Steve Martin (Rigby Reardon) parody film where the protagonist, Steve Martin’s Rigby Reardon), is inspired by Marlowe.
- Philip Marlowe, private detective by Robert Iscove, Peter R. Hunt and others with Powers Boothe. TV series of 11 episodes divided into two seasons, the first aired in 1983, the second in 1986
- Marlowe – Murder in Poodle Springs (1998) by Bob Rafelson with James Caan. HBO made-for-TV film based on the novel Poodle Springs by Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker.
Marlowe – The soundtrack
- The original music of the film is by the composer David Holmes, a regular collaborator of director Steven Soderbergh. Holmes’ credits include soundtracks for Ocean’s Eleven, Killing Eve, out of sight, A boss under stress, The Logan scam, Panama Papers.
- Holmes born in 1969 made his debut as a DJ in his native Belfast pubs at the age of 15. His first successful song was “DeNiro”, with Ashley Beedle, released in 1992. In 1995 Holmes released the album “This Film’s Crap Let’s Slash the Seats”, one of the songs from the disc was included in the soundtrack of the film π – The delusion theorem by Darren Aronofsky. The opening song, “No Man’s Land,” was inspired by the film In the name of the father by Daniel Day-Lewis.
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