More than any other writer, Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) is responsible for raising detective stories from the level of pulp fiction to literature. Chandler's hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe set the standard for rough, brooding heroes who managed to maintain a strong sense of moral conviction despite a cruel and indifferent world. Chandler's seven novels, including The Big Sleep (1939) and The Long Goodbye (1953), with their pessimism and grim realism, had a direct influence on the emergence of film noir. Chandler worked to give his crime novels the flavor of his adopted city, Los Angel
Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface: Billy Wilder Speaking; Acknowledgments; Chronology; Prologue: Trouble in Paradise; 1 Introduction: Dead of Night; Part One: Knight and the City: The Films of Chandler's Fiction; 2 Paint It Black: Chandler as Fiction Writer; 3 The Lady Is a Tramp: The Falcon Takes Over; Murder, My Sweet; and Farewell, My Lovely; 4 Knight Moves: Two Films of The Big Sleep; 5 Down among the Rotting Palms: Time to Kill and The Brasher Doubloon; 6 Dead in the Water: Lady in the Lake; 7 Decline and Fall: Marlowe; 8 Modern Times: The Long Goodbye Part Two: Exiled in Babylon: Chandler's Screenplays9 Lured: Double Indemnity; 10 No Way to Treat a Lady: The Blue Dahlia and Other Screenplays; 11 Dance with the Devil: Strangers on a Train and Playback; 12 The Stag at Eve: Poodle Springs and Other Telefilms; Epilogue: Endless Night; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Filmography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
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