The Long Goodbye
About The Long Goodbye
Vilmos Zsigmond won the National Society of Film Critics’ award for best cinematography on this, his third pairing with director Robert Altman. Altman and Leigh Brackett, cowriter of the screenplay for The Big Sleep, turn Raymond Chandler’s LA gumshoe into a figure of ’70s angst in what many consider the director’s masterpiece and Elliott Gould’s finest hour. Bonanza star Dan Blocker was to have played Sterling Hayden’s role, but passed away before filming began. John Williams’ witty score is almost entirely variations on one theme.