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Big Sleep, The (1946)
As soon as Humphrey Bogart admitted that he was short he set the design for his character. He was also aware that his magnetism made up for any shortcomings and that he made women swoon. The women he encountered were self-sufficient and magnificent. Hair was at its loveliest, the fashion was fit, make-up was transformative and the ladies acted their asses off. It was a fast paced script that had actors spilling words over each other. The wit was non-stop and I laughed throughout. A private investigator is hired to find out whose blackmailing a man's daughter. Private investigates, flirts with the victim, flirts with her older sister, investigates, had sexy banter with many women, becomes overwhelmed by the mystery and never turns down the character's sadistic rizz. What they didn't do is not as important as what they did. Bogart was masterclass, Bacall made cigarettes sexy, the mystery intrigued and it's cool as fuck. 31-Dec-2023