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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…
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.…
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…
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…
Jam-packed with twists n turns from start to finish, presenting Humphrey Bogart in one of his most impressive roles, and also marking the feature film debut for esteemed filmmaker John Huston, The Maltese Falcon is regarded by many as one of the first examples of film noir and although its plot is always on the move, I wasn't entirely enthralled by it.
Based on the novel of the same name, The Maltese Falcon tells the story of Sam Spade; a private investigator in San Francisco who takes on a case that results in his partner's death on the very first night, and involves not only his beautiful client who's very manipulative but three more eccentric criminals, who are on a…
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…
Absolutely incredible storytelling and performances from Bogart and Greenstreet but if I'm honest I'm not sure how much more I like
Dripping with classic film noir style and performances, but the plot and expositional dialogue is overly complicated, even for the genre.
A private detective named Samuel Spade doesn’t know what he has gotten himself into when he takes on a case centered on a priceless treasure. The case includes a trio of eccentric criminals, a police lieutenant looking to close a murder case, and a beautiful liar. As Sam works the case and those involved he begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the mysterious Maltese Falcon. He will have to work quickly to survive as there is already one dead body…will the hunt the Maltese Falcon claim anymore?
In so many ways the epic/classic standing of this film is on display. Bogart is at the top of his game as his role can be appreciated at both a surface and deeper…
Solid first go at an American noir. I did not think I'd be this receptive to the style in the slightest. Needless to say, I'm excited for what's next, 'cause this was really fun...and pretty sexy. Also, Peter Lorre's the man.
What is it?
The stuff that dreams are made of.
It's often floating in my featured favorite films list. Side-note: currently (June 2016) reading one of Astor's novels and I like it!
FUCK! So my stubborn ass had to take some cracking(no pun intended unless u wanna roll that way) to this film. I watched this film near 6 times in a row over a 2 day period listening to its dialogue,to it's brutality,to it's slow intrigue and I've come to this conclusion. Incredible script, incredible suspension and obviously makes me more turned on by Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor and the Peter lorre who I continuously have mixed feelings for and for John Huston. I've thought it wasn't worth the 7.50 I paid for it until it began to spur me into it, it contains a true parental role over the iconic film noir era and genre as it is true for anybody who loves watching crime shows like I do. I was incredibly impressed altogether I guess congrats to John Huston
Just at the point where I was starting to see some really disappointing movies one after another this little gem comes along.
This movie was all kinds of awesome it had a compelling story some great GREAT actors and characters, and most of all It has my must see seal of approval.
Arguably the first film noir and it got just about everything right. The Maltese Falcon is a maddening multiple murder mystery with a side of archaeological adventure served on a plate of character studies. And those characters are what make this movie so memorable. While the plot is a little bit too convoluted or at least held too close to the director's chest for too long, the characters are right there in your face with their many flaws and idiosyncrasies. We are presented with the constantly amused Gutman, the nothing but nefarious Cairo, and the pathological liar Mrs. O'Shaughnessy constantly throwing everybody off the trail. And then of course there is Sam Spade. The exasperated, rambling almost-sociopath at the center…
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