All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. 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…
rewatched for the first time since teenhood, so now i'll tell you why it's in my four favorites and will always stay there. i watched and loved it as a kid, i loved lots of old movies but this one in particular enchanted me. there's something so dangerous and adult about it though this viewing revealed it as a near comedy? an over-the-top romp at least. it's basically the simplest distillation of every noir/pulp/detective landmark, which is a positive or a negative depending on your point of view. for mine, its workmanlike avoidance of any frills and its dedication to doing not much more than put a novel on a screen works in its favor, and it's a top five…
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.…
November 2016: Scavenger Hunt #20
TASK #14: A film featuring a MacGuffin!
The Maltese Falcon lives up to its most famous line of dialogue in the sense that it really is the stuff that dreams are made of. Jam-packed with twists and turns and centering itself on one MacGuffin, that being the eponymous Maltese Falcon, John Huston’s film is the man’s directorial debut and man, does he knock it out of the park. Huston does a remarkable job behind the camera here, with inspired camerawork. The Maltese Falcon was also the first collaboration between Huston and leading man Humphrey Bogart, who achieved major star status with his role as Sam Spade. Bogart is just as charming and charismatic here as…
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…
the classic Hollywood equivalent of "bros before hos"
When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it.
Et "problem" med mange Hollywood-klassikere er at de ofte har inspirert så mange filmskapere at de subtile, formalistiske nyvinningene blir noe diffuse… med mindre du ser på filmen med et filmhistorisk blikk, et som overkjører ens villighet til å leve seg inn i plottet og karakteriseringen. Ingenting galt med det, men de klassikerne jeg setter (mest) pris på er de hvor jeg kan lene meg tilbake sånn noenlunde, og oppleve at jeg kan se filmen med begge tilnærminger samtidig.
For min del så er det for lite idiosynkratisk her til å løfte filmen ut av det jeg syns den er: En veldig godt og enkelt fortalt krimgåte. Den er også veldig sparsommelig: Alt unødvendig dilldall har blitt høvlet vekk.…
The actors were good and the characters were really good. Of course I like Humphrey Bogart. I had a hard time focusing on the plot though and found it a bit boring. I feel like I need to give it a second chance. Maybe I just expected something a little different. It's still really good, just not really my scene.
Full confession...I was wholly unprepared going into this movie, and because of that was extremely disappointed. 'The Maltese Falcon' is one of those pinnacle films in cinema history who's reputation precedes itself. However, not only had I never seen the movie, I managed all these years to not know a damn thing about it.
That being said, I was left disappointed and wanting more from it. I was not prepared for how dialogue heavy the movie was and just how slowly it unfolded. And because of that my expectations were blown to smithereens. There's no doubt there's a great movie here. So much has been studied and written about it. My disappointment is on me. I'll own it, go back and study up, and come at it again.
It’s been two weeks since I watched It Happened One Night, the last film of my Movies by Decade viewing (which I did not review) – far too long of a gap which I rectified last night. I’ve been trying to stick to the 1930s before tackling the 40s, but I decided to just go ahead and jump around, ultimately deciding to watch the reputed noir film The Maltese Falcon.
I’ve known about The Maltese Falcon for a long, long time, ever since I played the first Fallout game as a kid because a bar in one of the towns of…
Nooks and crannies. Even though I can quote this entire damn movie, I find new stuff to be mesmerized by each time.
Pretty good movie with a great performance from Bogart and many more. I really liked the noir style and John Houston's excellent direction but I wished that the rest of the movie was as interesting as the fantastic ending. Other than that great film.
Final Grade= A-
Did NOT age well. Rely to much on supposedly clever "exposition".