A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
"One of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form"
i started to fall in and out of sleep part way throught this and i started dreaming that humphrey bogart had to use his stand to get the 「Maltese Falcon」 back from an elder god and then i woke up in the last 60 seconds (because that's what i do when i fall asleep in films) and humphrey didn't have a stand and the villain wasn't crom-crauch so i was little dissappointed
I think I made it ten minutes further in than I did last time I tried to watch The Maltese Falcon and this time I was largely unimpressed by the lakcluster cinematography and bland editing. Plus I know who the villain is so I don't particularly care about…
I really don't understand what the big deal is about this film. It's not bad, but it's really just Sam Spade getting ping-ponged back and forth from person to person, each one giving tons of exposition and sometimes it feels like you're watching the same conversation over and over. There is a gallery of colorful characters all crazy over finding the Falcon, and Bogart does give a pretty sly performance, but as far as film noir goes, there are much more interesting and intense examples with much darker and more iconic atmospheres. Just because something is the first of it's kind doesn't necessarily mean it's the best.
"The stuff that dreams are made of"
An expression never more true than here.
It's a great movie but with the poster being my only impression of the film, it kinda warped my expectations.
"The stuff that dreams are made of."
I'm glad I gave this film another chance. My first viewing didn't go so well. I thought it was boring and dull. Although, I appreciated it for what it did for the Film-noir genre and I loved Bogie in it, it just didn't resonate with me.
With rewatching it, I now have even more appreciation for the film and consider it one my favorite films of all time now.
I can easily see why this is a film so high on every critic and film aficionados list of greatest films of all time. While it may take a little more digestion and a couple more views for me to fully appreciate it the same, I can say that I was so enthralled in this story the whole time. Humphrey Bogart was so good. Almost too good. I love a good noir and with this particular movie I got a GREAT one. I really am looking forward to digging into this one again.
this is the third and best version of this detective noir thriller
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