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California Split (1974)  /  The Long Goodbye (1973)

California Split (1974)
May 29, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Elliott Gould, Joseph Walsh.

California Split (1974)

Directed by
Robert Altman.

This exquisite character study follows inveterate gamblers Charlie (Elliott Gould) and Bill (George Segal), denizens of casinos and the racetrack, who thrive on the mysticism, social codes and excitement of the gambling subculture.  The film lovingly details both triumphs and ignominious defeats, before gently pointing out that even the biggest scores, when they finally arrive, can’t compare to the thrill of the chase.

Won World Productions, Spelling Goldberg Productions/Columbia Pictures.  Producer: Robert Altman, Joseph Walsh.  Screenwriter: Joseph Walsh.  Cinematographer: Paul Lohmann.  Editor: Lou Lombardo.  CAST: George Segal, Elliott Gould, Ann Prentiss, Gwen Welles, Edward Walsh.

35mm, color, 108 min.

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Directed by
Robert Altman.

Characteristically putting a new spin on a hallowed genre, director Robert Altman set this detective yarn in a contemporary Southern California replete with bleary sunshine and hippies, a far cry from the night-time and rain-slicked streets usually associated with Raymond Chandler.  Drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue, Elliott Gould’s black-suited Philip Marlowe is a fascinating blend of laid-back insouciance and dead-seriousness.

Lions Gate Films/United Artists Corp.  Producer: Jerry Bick, Elliot Kastner.  Screenwriter: Leigh Brackett, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler.  Cinematographer: Vilmos Zsigmond.  Editor: Lou Lombardo.  Cast: Elliott Gould, Nina Van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, Henry Gibson.

35mm, color, 112 min.

Preceded by:

Color-Sonics CS-2009: "Ebb Tide"

Circa 1966

Directed by Robert Altman.

Burlesque star Lili St. Cyr dances and lounges in a languorous seaside fantasia in this Color-Sonics short subject.

Digibeta from 16mm, color, 4 min.