Hollywood's Private Eyes
He can be a white knight in a trench coat (or just a tough guy with an attitude), but the private detective is as much a Hollywood archetype as the cowboy—and just as complicated. We look at characters in six hard-boiled films, including works from Chandler and Hammett, Polanski and Tourneur, and discover a diverse variety of private eyes—among them, moralistic (The Maltese Falcon), fatalistic (Out of the Past), nihilistic (Kiss Me Deadly), and pessimistic (Chinatown). Nonetheless, they all share a fondness for bourbon, a weakness for femmes fatales, and the very modern suspicion that the world is shaped by rich and powerful men whose agendas we can only hope to fathom.
You'll Walk Away with
- Familiarity with classic movies that feature private detectives
- A better understanding of the commonalities and the differences among cinema’s greatest private eyes
- Knowledge about different directors’ approaches to depicting the world of the private detective
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Movie buffs