Raymond Chandler is one of my favourite authors of all time, and Robert Altman‘s The Long Goodbye (playing, not coincidentally, Aug 12 & 13 at the Mayfair) is my favourite screen adaptation of his writing.
Turns out Roger Ebert is pretty big on it, too. Take a look at his appreciation of The Long Goodbye in his “Great Movies” series of essays. Ebert gets a lot of flack for the oversimplification of film reviews (“thumbs up/down”™), and for his sometimes incomprehensible opinions (Cop And a Half = 3 stars? That makes it as good as Before Sunrise and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.), but his written reviews are frequently intelligent, insightful and entertaining, to boot.
Both images from Christian Annyas’ fascinating The Movie Title Stills Collection. Ch-check it.