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Chandler (1971)

GP   |    |  Crime, Drama

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A hardboiled aging private eye is hired to find and protect a missing government witness sought after by the gangsters. The witness is a beautiful French woman and even the cops can't be trusted. The case is tough, but so is Chandler.

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  • Leslie Caron and Warren Oates in Chandler (1971)
  • Leslie Caron and Warren Oates in Chandler (1971)
  • Gloria Grahame and Warren Oates in Chandler (1971)
  • Leslie Caron and Warren Oates in Chandler (1971)
  • Leslie Caron and Warren Oates in Chandler (1971)
  • Leslie Caron in Chandler (1971)

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4 July 2013 | LeonLouisRicci
| Paralyzing and Feeble
Of all the 1970's attempts at reviving Film-Noir this is by far the worst. The other Neo-Noirs are far superior and each have an appeal that goes far beyond a gallant effort. This one had rumblings of Studio meddling and was disowned by its Creators.

But that seems to be an attempt at apologizing for their own failures. Because it is doubtful that anything shot assembled in any order and no matter what Score was used, this is a giant misstep of the first order.

The incoherent Plot and the paralyzing dull Dialog are unforgiving. There are feeble tries at some Pulp Fiction one liners and cynical sayings but it is just uninspired and unwelcome. it is ironically a cross-era example of a style out of time. The Gumshoe icon of the Forties and Fifties seems unable to make the time transfer when it is up to mediocre Writers and Filmmakers.

There are other more worthy successes like The Long Goodbye (1973), Farewell My Lovely (1975), Chinatown (1974) and others that prove that the retro resurrection can work and it is those Films that made it possible for the Neo-Noir Genre to flourish to this day.

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