“While Altman’s description of the detective and his generic milieu as it evolved by the early 1970s works up to a point, the idea that his film closes a genre fails under examination. Such a position misjudges the primary pleasure derived from the American detective film, and misinterprets the satisfaction The Long Goodbye’s ending provides when set within this pleasure and these films.”
Author: Allen H. Redmon
Allen H. Redmon teaches courses in the English Department at Texas A&M University Central Texas, USA, contributing to an interdisciplinary film studies minor. His research routinely describes classic and contemporary American film genres with particular interest in the ways in which postmodern directors use these genres to shape their films. He also remains intrigued by representations of violence and religion in films from any period or locale.