This is one of the coolest films ever made and certainly the most fascinating film ever directed by Robert Altman. This is a pulpy, hard-boiled detective story that both pays respects to and mocks the neo-noir genre. Elliot Gould gives us one of the youngest and driest Phillip Marlowes that the screen has ever seen, playing him in kind of a “fish out of water” style. He starts the film feeling like the ’50s in a ’70s world. Humphrey Bogart will always be the best Marlowe, Robert Mitchum will always be the gruff Marlowe, Gould will always be the most unique. Why Criterion hasn’t jumped on this to give this the release it deserves is beyond me.
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