Day 14: Your Favorite Quote from Any Movie
So many quotable noir lines. I wrote about the most famous line from In a Lonely Place here, so I won’t retread that ground. And I’ve delighted in the lyrics to “Put the Blame on Mame” from Gilda here, so let’s not go there either. For noir, I’m a fan of Raymond Chandler and of Philip Marlowe. I dig that tough talk with a heart beating beneath it that he keeps out of sight most of the time. I love his snappy comebacks and the fast clip of dialogue between Chandler characters, especially what passes for hard romance. Often, I like what’s in the books better than the films, but there are a few great ones in The Big Sleep worth repeating. Sadly, this one isn’t part of the 1944 film, just the 1978 remake, which I don’t much like. But it’s a great statement:
What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a stagnant lake or in a marble tower on the top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell. Me, I was part of the nastiness now.
Woody Allen talks love and death with what he calls “great pith” in Bananas, and many a philosopher might offer more, but Chandler’s Marlowe speaks the noir stuff of legend, and I love it.