‘Big Sleep’ on the big screen

Jul 14, 2017
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall star in the 1946 classic, albeit sometimes confusing, “The Big Sleep.”

Camden — “The Big Sleep” (1946, USA) will be the featured Monday Night Movie in the Camden Amphitheatre July 24; the just-under-two-hour film will begin at 8:30 p.m. Attendees should bring blankets or lawn chairs and movie snacks. In the event of rain, the movie will be postponed or canceled (check library website or Facebook for updates).

“The Big Sleep,” written in 1939, is a hardboiled crime novel by Raymond Chandler, the first to feature private detective Philip Marlowe. It has been adapted for film twice; this first version is a classic film noir, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart as Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge. William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman co-wrote the screenplay. In 1997, the U.S. Library of Congress added this film to the National Film Registry.

Monday Night Movies are sponsored in part by the Camden Area Business Group; the Summer Movies & Music Series is sponsored by Camden National Bank with additional support from Mid-Coast Limo. Screenings are free.

Upcoming in the summer’s Monday Movie Series are: July 31, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (2008), 8:15 p.m.; Aug. 7, “An American Tail” (1986), 8 p.m.; and Aug. 21, “Dead Poet's Society” (1989), 8 p.m. On Monday nights when there are no movies, the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra performs at 6:30 p.m.

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

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