“The Big Sleep” (1946, USA) will be the featured Monday Night Movie in the Camden Amphitheatre Aug. 1; the just-under-two-hour film will begin at 8:15 p.m., part of the Camden Classics celebration. Attendees should bring blankets or lawn chairs for comfortable seating.

“The Big Sleep,” written in 1939, is a hardboiled crime novel by Raymond Chandler, the first to feature the detective Philip Marlowe. It has been adapted for film twice, in 1946 and again in 1978. The story is set in Los Angeles and is noted for its complexity, with characters double-crossing one another and secrets being exposed throughout the narrative.

This first version is a film noir, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart as private detective Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge in a story about the “process of a criminal investigation, not its results.”  William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman co-wrote the screenplay. In 1997, the U.S. Library of Congress added it to the National Film Registry.

Upcoming in the summer series are Aug. 8, “Stardust” (2007, UK/USA/Iceland); and Aug. 15, “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain” (1995, UK). In case of rain, the movie will be postponed; Aug. 22 (7:45 p.m.) is reserved as a movie makeup date; check the library’s website for updates on weather postponements.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.