Wednesday, June 13 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Los Angeles Theatre 615 S. Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles
Warner Bros., black/white, 116 minutes MPAA rating: PG
Introduction by Film Historian and Author Alan Rode
Arguably the most iconic of all Raymond Chandler adaptations, The Big Sleep explodes off the screen with snappy one-liners and the electric chemistry of star couple Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Following classic Chandler form, Bogart stars as hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe, navigating his way through the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles with savvy aplomb. Director Howard Hawks’s young protégé Lauren Bacall portrays the archetypal femme fatale.
Produced and released under the Hays Code, the film lost some of the more tawdry elements of its original narrative but remained delightfully salty and salacious.
Additional scenes playing up Bogart and Bacall’s real-life relationship were added before the film’s release at the urging of the studio.
With a plot so notoriously complex that even the author himself had difficulty clarifying certain details, this classic film noir fully exemplifies the genre.
The screenplay was adapted by a writing team that included William Faulkner during his brief stint as Hollywood screenwriter.
Architectural and theatre lighting donated by ELS Lighting and Production Solutions
Tickets are on sale now to Conservancy members. General public ticket sales begin April 11 at 10 a.m. PDT.
Wiltern Theatre 3780 Wilshire Blvd., Wilshire Center
The Wiltern Theatre and the office tower above it, the Pellissier Building, form an impressive green terra cotta structure proudly demonstrating the beauty and opulence of the Art Deco style. Designed by the renowned firm of Morgan, Walls, and Clements and completed in 1931, the building was threatened with demolition in the late 1970s. It was saved through community organizing by the Conservancy and a last-ditch rescue and renovation by developer Wayne Ratkovich. Today, the Wiltern Theatre thrives with popular live entertainment.
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #118, Listed in the National Register of Historic Places