I’ve owned “The Big Sleep” forever, and read the novel umpty-ump times.
And I’ve always been confused by the plot.
It didn’t matter.
I dug out the DVD the other night and realized there was an unreleased, earlier version on the flip side of the disc.
Maybe I watched it before, but if I did, I didn’t remember it.
According to a comparison between the unreleased and released versions, the changes were made — mostly — in order to beef up Lauren Bacall’s scenes with Humphrey Bogart.
In particular, they cheesed a scene with Bacall in a weird veil, for no apparent reason.
But the big change is a long scene in the district attorney’s office. It’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but it does go a long way toward making the story more comprehensible.
It’s worth a look