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FAREWELL, MY LOVELY starring ROBERT MITCHUM, CHARLOTTE RAMPLING, JOHN IRELAND, SYLVIA MILES, ANTHONY ZERBE, HARRY DEAN STANTON, JACK O’HALLORAN, JOE SPINELL, BURTON GILLIAM and SYLVESTER STALLONE

FAREWELL, MY LOVELY is a gorgeous surprise, a retreat forward, a 1940s drama not done in painful nostalgic pastel hues and soft edges, but in bold bright 1975 color and pitch dark shadow. You have to say the obvious and get it over with: yes, this is a modern "film noir." But it isn't a mere homage, or a remake, or a cheap imitation. Director Dick Richards (THE CULPEPPER CATTLE CO., RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS), cuts a gem out of this one. Just be sure to watch it for what it is, a dramatic period crime film, not for what you think it ought to be, a slavish remake of a classic noir. And he has the help of the perfect cinematographer for the subject, John A. Alonzo, who did both CHINATOWN (the year before) and eight years later, SCARFACE, both post-noir landmark crime films.

Of course, this version of FAREWELL, MY LOVELY is, strictly speaking, a remake, which is to say, it's the third movie based on Raymond Chandler's 1940 novel of the same name. And inevitably we are going to compare to the other great version, Dmytryk's 1944 true, early film noir (retitled MURDER, MY SWEET). I say other great version, because both are really fine films, and different enough to avoid copycatting. FAREWELL, MY LOVELY is actually the more original of the two, an irony after 31 years of influences. And in some ways it's better, mainly because it has Robert Mitchum very much in top form. He makes those beautifully concise and witty one-liners seem real and fitting, as if people really did once talk like that.

FAREWELL, MY LOVELY is much closer to the source text than MURDER, MY SWEET, which tended to avoid some of the sleazier parts of the plot - but still concerns private eye Philip Marlowe's attempts to locate Velma, a former dancer at a seedy nightclub and the girlfriend of Moose Malloy, a petty criminal just out of prison. Marlowe finds that once he has taken the case, events conspire to put him in dangerous situations, and he is forced to follow a confusing trail of untruths and double-crosses before he is able to locate Velma.

A great cast enhances the film: many familiar character actors and actresses, including
John Ireland, Sylvia Miles, Anthony Zerbe, Harry Dean Stanton, Jack O’Halloran, Joe Spinell, Burton Gilliam and a very young Sylvester Stallone. And the femme fatale, which every noir must have, is Charlotte Rampling, who made such a splash in THE DAMNED and THE NIGHT PORTER. And, of course, the laconic, tough, one and only Robert Mitchum, in a role he was born to play. Every bit the equal of Humphrey Bogart’s Philip Marlowe in THE BIG SLEEP, but older, a bit wiser, and most definitely more world-weary.

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PLEASE NOTE: FAREWELL MY LOVELY IS MANUFACTURED FROM A VHS RELEASE, AND RATES AN 9 OUT OF 10 FOR PICTURE AND SOUND.

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