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The Late Show

Not just another genre rehash (cf Farewell, My Lovely; The Long Goodbye; Gumshoe), but a genuinely ingratiating 1977 private-eye update with Art Carney as a middle-aged Marlowe trying to find out who killed his partner. The tone shifts (as tones were wont to do in the late 70s) from comedy to drama to romance, but director Robert Benton deserves a lot of credit for preserving the integrity of his characters, even when faced with a veteran self-parodist like Lily Tomlin. A small film of small but real virtues, easily overrated and eminently enjoyable.

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