Critical Approaches to Film. The Big Sleep (dir. Hawks, 1946) & Film Noir. Roots of Film Noir. 1940s. Howard Hawks (1896-1977).
The Big Sleep (dir. Hawks, 1946)
& Film Noir
"He worked in every major genre, and produced classics in each of them. The French auteurist critics put him in the highest pantheon, alongside Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles. Yet Hawks was the least pretentious of great filmmakers. His style is transparent and unobtrusive; he didn't want the aesthetics to distract from the characters." -Tom Charity (The R
"a master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinguished place in world cinema."
"I'm a storyteller - that's the chief function of a director. And they're moving pictures, let's make 'em move!" - Howard Hawks