Will we talk about the black bird?

My favourite scene from  my favourite film. Great direction, great script, great acting, and all based on a truly great novel by a truly great writer.

Not a wasted word, not an awkward phrase, and all lines delivered perfectly by actors who seem as though they were born to play these characters.

Quite. And I’ll tell you right out that I’m a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk…

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4 Responses to “Will we talk about the black bird?”

  1. Steve Warren Says:

    Who is better: Raymond Chandler or Dashiel Hammett?

    • telescoper Says:

      I’ll go for Hammett. I think Chandler is great, but Hammett is greater.

      Raymond Chandler was never effusive in his praise for other crime writers, but was an enormous admirer of Hammett. Read, for example, his critical essay The Simple Art of Murder…

      http://www.en.utexas.edu/amlit/amlitprivate/scans/chandlerart.html

      • A gem:

        “Personally I like the English style better. It is not quite so brittle, and the people as a rule, just wear clothes and drink drinks. There is more sense of background, as if Cheesecake Manor really existed all around and not just the part the camera sees; there are more long walks over the Downs and the characters don’t all try to behave as if they had just been tested by MGM. The English may not always be the best writers in the world, but they are incomparably the best dull writers.”

  2. Steve Warren Says:

    I read a few of each, but it was a while back. At the time I preferred Hammett for plot, for the entertainment of the mystery to solve, but gave the edge to Chandler for style, for the wonderful humorous similes. But I suppose I might see them differently now.

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