The long goodbye is a 1973 american neo noir thriller film directed by robert altman and based on raymond chandlers 1953 novel of the same titlethe screenplay was written by leigh brackett who cowrote the screenplay for chandlers the big sleep in 1946 the film stars elliott gould as philip marlowe and features sterling hayden nina van pallandt jim bouton mark rydell and an early . The long goodbye is a novel by raymond chandler published in 1953 his sixth novel featuring the private investigator philip marlowe some critics consider it inferior to the big sleep or farewell my lovely but others rank it as the best of his work chandler in a letter to a friend called the novel my best book. The long goodbye the long goodbye is the sixth novel in chandlers philip marlowe universe written some years after chandlers other marlowe novels and at a time when chandler was going through a rough patch the long goodbye is a large departure in some measures from the other marlowe novels and has a different feel and rhythm to it . And to me that shows where marlowe left off and where gould takes over so they werent one and the same after all once again a statement to those who would be too quick to take the marlowe myth seriously the long goodbye is vintage altman a masterwork to be savoured forever. This one page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of the long goodbye by raymond chandler american british writer raymond chandlers crime fiction the long goodbye 1953 is the sixth novel to feature his fictional detective hero philip marlowe set in los angeles sometime between 1949 and 1952 the story follows marlowe as he
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