GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: The Big Sleep

In addition to being one of the mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth, Greg Proops is now the host of a new lugubrious, salacious, verbacious monthly show: The Greg Proops Film Club, under the umbrella of his prolific The Smartest Man In The World podcast! First up, Greg records his latest episode live on the Cinefamily stage, and then it’s time for the timeless Bogart/Bacall yarn The Big Sleep. Greg sez: “Raymond Chandler’s classic L.A. noir spun by the director who put a cigarette in Lauren Bacall’s kisser, Howard Hawks. Bogie and Bacall heat it up in a totally confusing story of random murder and vengeful deception. Thrill to WW2 ration stickers in the windows of huge automobiles, trenchcoats and a super-rainy Silverlake. This one has it all: pornography, heroin addiction, nymphomaniac daughters, strange old men who spend all day in a hothouse, compulsive gambling in illicit casinos, and Lauren Bacall sings. Faulkner, who helped write the screenplay, had no idea who the killer was. It doesn’t matter. This movie proves that plot means nothing; the dialogue is snappy, and the actors crack off their lines as hard as they drink and cheat each other. Essential to your understanding of film noir, Los Angeles, detectives, black-and-white film, Bogie, and let’s face it, you as a social person who wants to be cool.” Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancilliary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist. Be there!

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Doug Benson Movie Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “The Big Sleep”!