All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
The Maltese Falcon
A story as EXPLOSIVE as his BLAZING automatics!
Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That's for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wanderly, walks into their office; and by that night everything's changed. Miles is dead. And so is a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems Miss Wanderly is surrounded by dangerous men. There's Joel Cairo, who uses gardenia-scented calling cards. There's Kasper Gutman, with his enormous girth and feigned civility. Her only hope of protection comes from Sam, who is suspected by the police of one or the other murder. More murders are yet to come.
Here's what I love about film noir: nobody gets to be an angel. No sentimentality, no melodrama, just tough characters who quip their way in and out of unsavory situations. Needless to say, The Maltese Falcon ticks every box on my list. And it isn't just a film noir; it's the first major film to be recognized as such, and therefore one of the most influential films in the genre. And boy, does it live up to expectations.
Being both a cinephile and a bibliophile, I felt obliged to read the The Maltese Falcon before watching the film adaptation. Dashiell Hammett's novel was a perfect candidate for the big screen: minute descriptions, unique characters, and colorful dialogue that was just…
John Huston's 1941 adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon opens with a text scroll detailing the history of an ancient treasure. This short introduction could not have been more prophetic, because The Maltese Falcon is a true treasure. This is the quintessential film noir, a movie I don't mind calling perfect, as it tells the story of a slick private investigator who gets tangled up in the convoluted quest to obtain a legendary falcon statue. Whenever I get around to making my all time favorites list, I'll be surprised if this doesn't perch near the pinnacle of it. If you are like me, and haven't before seen this classic, then stop reading now, because the less you know going…
I don't mind a reasonable amount of trouble.
Some films are credited with defining a particular genre. The Maltese Falcon didn't define a genre, but it helped create one. It was film-noir before the term film-noir existed. While it's arguably not the first to be considered noir, it is still regarded as the first by a major studio. It isn't however the first adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's novel, but actually the third.
For John Huston's directorial debut it seems odd that he would attempt a third adaptation of a novel that was barely over 10 years old, but he had an idea that stood out from the others. The script is practically a direct translation of Hammett's novel.…
It was Louise that highlighted my ignorance of movies from pre-1960 a few weeks ago, and although I'm still pretty much a novice when it comes to thirties and forties films, I'm slowly but surely enlightening myself with some classics. Following the likes of the Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland starring swashbucklers, it was time to check back in with Mr Humphrey Bogart.
The Maltese Falcon has another of those casts that made the likes of Casablanca so good. Reuniting Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet, this movie is unofficially the first of a genre. A film noir of the highest order, this requires concentration with all the twists and turns and has a level of mystery to…
None of the characters embroiled in the ever more mysterious saga of the falcon are likeable yet they are so utterly compelling to watch. Each one has their vested interests to protect and none of them are willing to reveal exactly what they are. Cards are clamped closely to their chest and the most stringent poker faces assumed.
The Mcguffin at the centre of it all almost makes a brief appearance whilst in reality the genuine bird probably doesn't exist at all. It's the perfect symbol of money and power, sought after by men who place its significance above any financial burden it may cause. To hold and possess the statue puts you at the top of the pile, the…
I don't really see much point in registering an opinion on this well-tread classic, so here are some questions instead:
1. Is there any 21st century leading male actor that plays cool like Bogart plays cool? Only one I can think of is Michael K. Williams as Omar on The Wire.
2. Why doesn't "Peter Lorre fellating the end of his cane" ever turn up on any of those "Sexiest Moments in Movie History" listicles?
THE MALTESE FALCON is fast talk and double dealing.
Writer John Huston convinced Warner studios to let him try his hand at directing.
He picked a story that had already been filmed twice (1931 and 1936), wrote the script (with Dashiell Hammett), planned the shooting meticulously, cast it exquisitely, and made a masterpiece.
And made a star of Humphrey Bogart (creating the role he would basically play for the rest of his career). And character stars of Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. And set the tone of an entire new genre of movie.
Its all fast talk and double dealing ... and completely gripping.
Deve fazer uma ótima sessão dupla com À Beira do Abismo (The Big Sleep, 1946), de Howard Hawks.
Un argumento apasionante y un timing perfecto son el plus de lo verdaderamente importante: Bogart de traje y sombrero... y la frase de cierre. ESA frase.
This hard-boiled detective movie glides like silk along the contours of Dashiell Hammet's exciting novel. It's remarkably faithful to it. Humphrey Bogart doesn't fit the exact physical description of Hammett's Sam Spade, but it's no matter. If you read the book after watching this film, you'll still see Bogie as you zip through the pages. From his facial tics to the way he grins in the face of danger, few private detectives in the movies have ever been stranger, sexier, or more dangerous. 1941 was a big year for Bogart. This, along with High Sierra, bumped him up from supporting roles to leading man parts and a legend was born.
The story can get convoluted, but here's all you really…
My favorite books are The Great Gatsby and The Maltese Falcon. Both films have been released in film form. 2013's a The Great Gatsby, however doesn't follow the book's storytelling and is filled with music that doesn't represent the era. The acting of DiCaprio is the highlight of the film.
1941's The Maltese Falcon, on the other hand, is a true book to film adaptation. It represents the storytelling Hammett brought in his book. The acting is beyond incredible, the scenes are mesmerizing and just as suspenseful as the book. Bogart's Sam Spade as much of a smart Alec as Spade was in the book, and he proves to be my favorite character in both forms.
John Huston directed this…
The genesis of film noir. An iconic role from Bogart. Very cool to watch.
What better way to begin a whole new genre? Noir starts here.
I'm usually not a fan of older movies, but I watched this because I read the book and was curious. It adheres so closely to the book that I was bored a lot of the time, but Bogart and Lorre were good enough to make up for it.
One of the most famous movies ever made, it made Bogart a star and basically invented the film noir style. That is a lot to take in when you first watching it 70yrs later. You don't need all of the context to enjoy the movie though, it holds up remarkably well.
A lot of people mention the great plot and it's many twists, but I found it a little convoluted and overly complicated (but maybe that was on purpose so that we never find our true footing). The movie is really about the relationships of the characters and their motivations.
Every character in the movie is either lying, trying to deceive one another, or setup their next move, and the…
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