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‘It’s OK with me’: The Nose rewatches ‘The Long Goodbye’ at 50

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This week’s Nose got a couple other cans, ya know, and came back and switched the labels and the cans around.

The Long Goodbye is a satirical neo-noir mystery feature film adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s 1953 novel. It is the eighth feature directed by Robert Altman and the second-to-last screenplay by the science fiction writer Leigh Brackett (who also wrote The Empire Strikes Back and the 1946 version of The Big Sleep, among others). It stars Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe in 1970s Los Angeles. This year is The Long Goodbye’s 50th anniversary.

Plus: A look at the value and the art of rewatching and rewatchability.

Raquel Benedict’s endorsements:

Helder Mira’s endorsements:

Gene Seymour’s endorsements:

Colin’s endorsement:

Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:


  • Raquel Benedict: The most dangerous woman in speculative fiction and the host of the Rite Gud podcast
  • Helder Mira: Multimedia producer at Trinity College and co-host of the So Pretentious podcast
  • Gene Seymour: A “writer, professional spectator, pop-culture maven, and jazz geek”

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Colin McEnroe, Cat Pastor, and Dylan Reyes contributed to this show, which originally aired May 19, 2023.

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