Setting the Scene (32 images)
"The Big Sleep" is that 1946 Howard Hawks film noir, the first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel. Humphrey Bogart is the cynical private detective, Philip Marlowe, and Lauren Bacall is Vivian Rutledge, his sexy mysterious client. William Faulkner wrote the screenplay, along with Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman, but it never made much sense. That didn’t matter. The movie was dark and moody and complex, and set in Hollywood, which still looks much the same. Here,...