This movie is remembered for shattering sexual innuendo boundaries. There are countless sexual references, including one racy conversation between the two leads that likens horse racing to sexual intercourse and gay characters. However, though the innuendos might have been eyebrow-raising back then, they are quite mild by today’s standards. No nudity.
One major plot point revolves around finding stolen pictures of Carmen Sternwood that are presumably pornographic. However, due to censoring, nothing is mentioned outright.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


One of the advantages of traditional Hollywood films should be easy to understand (at least in terms of plot), which is the so-called closure. And the big sleep is a different kind, especially for a detective film. As for the reasons why I can’t understand it, generally speaking, it is the PCA, that is, the review system of all evil. Another point is to praise the new star Lauren Bacall and hype the relationship between her and her newly married husband Humphery Bogart. In other words, without this, the classic horse racing dialogue would never appear.

In terms of the plot alone, the story is not very complicated, especially when you divide it into two parts. The first part is the blackmail part, which is also the reason why the general hired Marlowe. The bookstore owner Geiger (who actually took pornographic pictures) used the pornographic pictures of his little daughter Carmen to blackmail the general. Then he was killed by the driver of the general’s house. Then the driver was killed by Joe Brody who followed him. Then Brody took Carmen’s photos and continued blackmail. Then Geiger’s driver thought Joe Brody killed Geiger, so he killed him for revenge, which came to an end. Because a play in the prosecutor’s office was cut out in the middle, I feel that the plot in the first paragraph is not explained clearly, and the story in the second paragraph is headless.

The second part is about Shawn Regan. The whole second part is to investigate Shawn Regan’s disappearance and the relationship between Vivian (female owner) and Eddie Mars (casino owner). As a result, the casino owner killed Shawn Regan and blamed it on his sister Carmen, and then told his sister Vivian that Carmen killed Shawn Regan to blackmail Vivian.

Why don’t you understand? First of all, there are too many murderers in it. It’s impossible to know who killed who and who was killed. Second, some explicit comrades in the original work, such as promiscuity, pornography, drug abuse and so on, have been removed. Students who have read the original book should know that Geiger, the bookstore owner who began to blackmail the general, is gay, and his attendant is his lover. In the past, there were countless gay love in Hollywood films. Of course, it can’t be said clearly, but it can only be revealed from some clues. If anyone is interested and has good English, it is suggested to take a look at Annette Kuhn’s relationship between the film and the Censorship (implicit). I believe it will be of great help to understand the film.

Why do I say it can be classic if I don’t understand it, mainly because this film doesn’t focus on the plot. Leaving aside the story list, from the perspective of film picture, it is worthy of Howard Hawks, which is meaningful in scene scheduling. For example, as a comrade, Geiger was almost like an alien in the eyes of “ordinary people” at that time, so he used Oriental decorations that Americans thought were very mysterious to represent his “abnormal” sexual orientation. In addition, his class should belong to the petty bourgeoisie striving for the top, so the furnishings in his home seem to be numerous, valuable and vulgar in essence. It’s a grade worse than the real upper class generals.

In this film, the hidden interpretation of gender relations in the United States in the 1940s can be described as abnormal. There is almost no normal relationship between men and women in the film, except that Bogart and Bacall end up together. Just because they are together, no one cares about some abnormal interpersonal relationships. An old man with hemiplegia (sexual incompetence) and two open-minded daughters: a divorced, a childish, dissolute and dangerous bachelor, a pair of homosexuals, a group of men and women who use each other, and gamblers who can hide their wives for blackmail. And the relationship between the general and the missing Shawn Regan is also worth pondering (comrades, father and son, friends?) How far can this film degenerate?

From the current perspective, this film is definitely not 18x in visual performance, but please take a closer look at this dialogue about horse racing. If English is good, look at the original text. There is no original feeling in translation.

Vivian: Speaking of horses, I like to play them myself. But I like to see them workout a little first, see if they’re front runners or comefrom behind, find out what their whole card is, what makes them run. (speaking of horse racing, I also like to play. But I like to watch them run first, see whether they are the first or the last, find out all their advantages and disadvantages, and what makes them run fast)

Marlowe: Find out mine? Did you find mine

Vivian: I think so. (I think so)

Marlowe: Go ahead. (talk about it)

Vivian: I’d say you don’t like to be rated. You like to get out in front, open up a little lead, take a little breather in the backstretch, and then come home free. I don’t think you like being overtaken. You like to run ahead, pull out the distance first, and then slow down to pass easily

Marlowe: You don’t like to be rated yourself. (you don’t like to be overtaken)

Vivian: I haven’t met anyone yet that can do it. Any suggestions? I haven’t met anyone who can do it. What’s your opinion

Marlowe: Well, I can’t tell till I’ve seen you over a distance of ground. You’ve got a touch of class, but I don’t know how, how far you can go. (well, I don’t know yet. The road knows the horsepower. It looks like a famous species, but I don’t know how far you can run.)

Vivian: A lot depends on who’s in the saddle. (mainly depends on who is riding)

My God, the whole article is about men and women testing each other. There is no word related to sex or bed. Similarly, there is the dialogue about speeding in “double insurance”, which is very classical and implicit. Language flirtation and ambiguity are the characteristics of films in this period. In my opinion, it is much sexier than taking off your clothes and rolling the sheets. What is a good script? This is a good script. Some incomprehensions in the story are far less important than these exquisite dialogues. Moreover, these incomprehensions are also the display of the film’s ideology on some levels.

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One important thing about the plot I forgot to explain is why Marlowe started investigating Shawn Regan. Because when he was first employed to investigate the extortion case of Geiger, the bookstore owner, everyone (including the general’s daughter Vivian) thought that the general hired him to investigate Shawn Regan’s disappearance. Then everyone asked him about it, and then refused to say more, and advised him not to investigate. He thought the situation was strange, so he continued to investigate Shawn Regan after the blackmail case was over. In this way, the relationship between the first paragraph and the second paragraph is more clear.

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