Irene and I just watched The Long Goodbye. I'd never seen it. Elliot Gould is terrific. I also loved Sterling Haden. I'd only ever seen him in Dr. Strangelove as the mad colonel who blows up the world so he was a special revelation. I also love Altman at work. He's sneaky.
It's strange listening to men talk to women in these movies from the early 70s. I almost thought Altman wasn't hearing how bizarre the men's treatment of the women is, like games keepers talking to kids in a petting zoo, but the bit around the woman who gets a coke bottle smashed in her face makes clear that he most definitely heard it.