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Elliot Gould’s apartment from The Long Goodbye is available for rent. For $2800 a month you can live in one of the most awesome apartments ever used on the silver screen, not to mention have a legendary view. People will call you Marlowe. You will have some hippie dippie neighbors who like to take their clothes off. And you will have a very finicky cat. Watch out for Jim Bouton though.

If I actually had money and lived in L.A., I would be on this very fast. Alas, neither condition applies. But if I did have the money, you know what car I would park there? Tammy Wynette’s limo.

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  • Barry Freed

    I want this apartment so bad but I don’t live in LA. Nor do I want to really. Unless I had this apartment.

    Though I’d park a different car there. One that has , coincidentally, just recently come up for sale.

    • Totally good choice.

    • Kurzleg

      Man, there was a time when I would have killed (well, not literally) to have one of these.

  • sparks

    I saw the movie in 1973, I was very underage but nobody at the theater cared.

    The joke of Marlowe’s apartment in TLG is in reality it was desirable even then. A little movie magic and voila, bachelor’s dump.

    P.S. I think you’re spelling the name of the cat food wrong.

    • Kurzleg

      On first viewing I remember being bothered by that apartment. Sure, it was messy, but any apartment that had a private elevator and balcony with a view like that couldn’t possibly be something Gould’s Marlowe could afford. It isn’t a prominent enough feature in the film to be distracting, but it seemed a bit far-fetched.

      Speaking of the cat food, I love the store employee’s response Marlowe says, “You don’t know my cat.”

      • sparks

        It amused me since in 1973 it’d have been easy to shoot at a genuinely depressing old apartment somewhere in L.A. I was also amused that Marlowe’s diet was primarily cigarettes and alcohol. I don’t remember if he even finished the one dinner he got.

        That said, I always preferred California Split.

        • Kurzleg

          I do wonder what Altman was trying to say by using that apartment. I suspect it was to physically isolate Marlowe just as he was culturally and socially isolated. (Though he appreciated the view, he never really interacted with the neighbor girls.) With that elevator being the only way in or out, he was almost literally on an island up there.

          Haven’t seen CS but will check it out. I’m a little behind on my Altman.

          • Barry Freed

            Are you in or near NYC? Awesome month and a half long Altman retrospective at MoMA starts today: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1525

            • Somehow, I have never seen Nashville.

              • Barry Freed

                It’s been about 20-25 years since I’ve seen it. Only one screening I see, that’s likely to sell out fast.

                I’m really going to miss NYC’s fantastic repertory film culture when I move away from here in the next month or so.

              • Kurzleg

                Really? It’s on Netflix.

                Nashville was the first Altman film I’d seen apart from M.A.S.H. maybe, and it clarified for me what Altman was seeking to do with film. I was surprised by how engrossing a film without any discernible plot could be. I watched M.A.S.H. again last night, and you can see in that film that he was on his way to making Nashville.

                • It’s weird in that I watch a lot of movies but I’ve never been much of a completest so there are a number of major films I have never seen. I did however start Albert Brooks’ 1985 film Lost in America last night and am finding it amusing so far. Looking forward to finishing it tonight before moving on to Visconti’s The Leopard. Someday I assume Nashville will come stumbling my way.

                • Kurzleg

                  I’m wrong. Netflix doesn’t have Nashville for streaming. Only has MASH, 3 Women, Ready to Wear and a Hitchcock TV special for streaming.

            • Kurzleg

              Nope, not near NYC. Bummer.

              Was watching a good-not-great Altman documentary on Netflix last week. They were showing footage of a “Combat!” episode where a soldier goes nuts (thinks a wounded German soldier is his brother), and Michael Murphy is one of the actors who greets the afflicted soldier. So Altman’s history with Murphy goes way back.

              As does his history with Lily Tomlin. Seeing her in “A Prairie Home Companion” after having done “Nashville” 30 years prior must have been something for both of them. (Also, I’m glad Altman – with Paul Thomas Anderson’s help – worked on APHC. He did a really nice job of capturing the spirit of both an American treasure and universal human predicament.)

          • howard

            i hardily recommend california split, which for some reason, even though it came right in the ’70s sequence where altman was at his finest (between thieves like us and nashville), has been very hard to find over the years but (at least my memory tells me) worth the effort (and i have no idea if any of the streaming services carry it).

          • JS

            California Split is *awesome*—and I am not at all the biggest Altman fan. But basically if you like 70’s Hollywood at all, California Split is totally worth watching.

        • Ahenobarbus

          It amused me since in 1973 it’d have been easy to shoot at a genuinely depressing old apartment somewhere in L.A.

          It’s actually very difficult to shoot in a run down apartment, especially a small one.

          • Kurzleg

            Especially in those days. Cameras had gotten smaller, but they weren’t that small.

            I just watched “Taxi Driver” with Scorsese’s commentary, and he said they filmed the shootout scene in an abandoned apartment building. Scorsese said it was tough to shoot in such a small space – there’s one shot in particular he points out – but since the building was abandoned, they were able to cut open the ceiling to get that iconic overhead shot of the carnage.

  • Kurzleg

    I’m with you on the apartment, although I think moving furniture into that thing wouldn’t be much fun.

    TLG has really grown on me over multiple viewings. At first, I wasn’t sold on Gould’s Marlowe and all the mumbling, but I’ve come around to the idea that it’s probably more realistic than Bogart’s, cool as Bogart’s was. But I was always sold on Sterling Hayden’s performance; he’s incredible in that.

    • Movers. Hire good movers.

      I think it’s a really great movie, in part because of how it blends two time periods so seamlessly. This character, almost literally coming through a time machine from the 40s, enters the 70s. And they are just as sordid as the past.

      And yeah, Sterling Hayden was great.

      • Kurzleg

        I suppose if I could afford $2.8k/month that I’d have money to spend on movers…

    • Randy

      I recall hearing somewhere that Chandler said his first choice for Marlowe was Cary Grant, which is hard to imagine. For my money, Robert Mitchum was the best on-screen Marlowe (except that yes, the remake he did of the Big Sleep gave a new dimension to the term “sucked out loud”).

      • Kurzleg

        Which is weird, because Mitchum in “Out of the Past” definitely passes muster. Must be the timing and the direction.

        • Randy

          The whole production was a mistake. For financial reasons, the story was moved to England. I think that says it all.

          • Hogan

            For financial reasons, the story was moved to England.

            That always baffled me. Good to know there was a reason.

            • Down these dark country lanes a man must walk…

      • howard

        chandler’s favorite screen marlowe was dick powell in “murder my sweet.”

      • jim, some guy in iowa

        didn’t james garner do an adaptation of “the little sister”? that *seems* like it could have some potential

        • howard

          “marlowe.” it was ok and so was he.

          • Kurzleg

            Not surprising coming from a TV director. According to IMDB, it looks like his first effort on the big screen.

  • jim, some guy in iowa

    niice. my pickup would look good parked in front of that place. in the book marlowe was living in a bungalow, but movies call for something a little more- dramatic, maybe

  • Ahenobarbus

    Why should I worry about Jim Bouton? I don’t understand. He’s Marlowe’s friend who is being chased by the bad guys. Not to mention he killed himself. Really, it doesn’t sound like we should worry about him at all. No me worry about Jim Bouton! No, sir.

    • Kurzleg

      I hate to admit that I didn’t realize that Terry was played by Jim Bouton until today. OTOH, I did notice that whoever was playing Terry wasn’t much of an actor.

    • heckblazer

      I’d worry more about being menaced by a nude Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • Kurzleg

    Just found this about the Marlowe apartment:

    Architect Carl Kay designed four buildings around the elevator tower between 1935 and 1956 (Lloyd Wright designed a fifth at the back of the property), and listing agent Ray Schuldenfrei tells Curbed that all four were sold in probate sales by Kay’s family (the fourplex sold in 2008). Schuldenfrei also tells us the original walk-street layout off Broadview Terrace was modeled after Positano, Italy, and that one of the walk streets leads over the hill directly to the Hollywood Bowl parking lot. Kay built the elevator when his wife got sick of always taking the stairs.

    Banks of garages line the drive-streets below, and tunnels take lucky key-holders to what is apparently the only privately-held, outdoor industrial elevator west of the Mississippi. The elevator is run by a non-profit private corporation and residents can subscribe at a fee of $51 per month per address (so a duplex would need two). Sure, it sounds like it might get to be kind of pain (like when you have to go out at night to get Courry cat food for your picky cat), but some of these places look pretty cool and very sunny, and for heaven’s sakes, they’re at the top of an outdoor elevator tower built into a hillside.

    • rea

      There is a mystery writer named Michael Connelly who lived in that apartment (big Long Goodbye fan, apparently) and whose major character lives in an apartment with similar characteristics.

      • Kurzleg

        Funny. But really, who wouldn’t want to live there? Well, it is only 1 bedroom, 1 bath, so couples with kids couldn’t really swing it.

  • Joe_JP

    You had me with the cat … darn, another movie to watch.

    … library doesn’t have it, but the title brought up a book on the Cruzan case!

    • sparks

      The film is…different from the book.

      I have a set of Chandler, and having seen many film adaptations it’s interesting how faithful the filmmakers were or weren’t. Some of the seamier bits were Code cleansed for your protection in the older ones.

      • Joe_JP

        That’s unsurprising. Just saying a search of the title brought up various things, books and non-books.

      • Hogan

        If I hadn’t read the book, I’d have had no idea what Carmen Sternwood was being blackmailed for in the Bogart/Bacall Big Sleep.

        • howard

          you know, i’m afraid to look this up just in case it’s apocryphal, but it has been said to be the case that when faulkner was working on the script, he called up chandler to find out why the sternwood chauffeur (can’t think of his name right now) had been killed and chandler couldn’t tell him!

          i really hope that it’s true.

          • Hogan

            I’ve heard the same thing, and I can’t prove it but I believe it. In his early novels Chandler stitched together short stories he’d already published, and he didn’t pay much attention to the ragged edges or the possibly required stitching. (Wilfrid Sheed called his plotting method “the old Edgar Wallace stream of meaningless surprise.” Chandler called it “when in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.”)

            Chauffeur’s name was Owen something, or something Owen.

            • Gabriel Ratchet

              Owen Taylor.

          • The way I heard the story, Chandler’s response was “Why are you asking me?”

  • KmCO

    There’s a slight chance I may be moving to NYC within the next year. I should start putting in bids. I also wonder if it would be blasphemous if I were to replace the cat with a hypothetical French bulldog.

    • Barry Freed

      Only it’s in LA.

      NYC is great. Rents are starting to rise in Long Island City and Astoria (the latter is where I live now, and will sadly be moving away in the next month or 2) but I highly recommend you have a look at Queens. Astoria, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside, Woodside, etc. Great diverse neighborhoods, amazing food, good access to Manhattan, the Museum of the Moving Image (free screenings of great stuff if you’re a member which is only $75, less if you’re a student I think), etc.

      • Kurzleg

        Have a friend who for a time lived in Astoria. When I visited, I was surprised how quickly one could get to Manhattan. Granted, we weren’t traveling during the rush for the most part, but still. Also, restaurants everywhere!

        • KmCO

          Astoria is bomb. It’s one of the top places I would consider renting.

          • I grew up in Flushing (which I don’t recommend simply because it’s too long a comment into Manhattan) but second Barry’s recommendation for Sunnyside if Astoria doesn’t work out. I lived there for a time after college.

            • “commute” too.

      • KmCO

        Only it’s in L.A.

        That’s what I get for not clicky the linky. Thanks for the NYC neighborhood recs, though! Fingers crossed on this one: I’d love to live there for a couple of years.

  • I see Loomis is poaching again. I will have his head on a pike, unless it’s rolling.

    Anyway, many more pix of the dump at the link. Nice bathroom, by the way. FOR A PRISON!!!

    • Barry Freed

      What makes you think he got it from you? Or are you joking? I follow a lot of film related feeds on twitter and saw it pop up in several of them a couple of days before this, or your, post.

      • Humor.

        The use of “poaching” should give it away. It’s that or “Oh lookie, me too, & w/ more pix” which is awfully dull.

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