This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
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…
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…
Considered by many to be the first noir film, The Maltese Falcon is a classic of any genre. Though it is best remembered for Humphrey Bogart's show stopping performance as Sam Spade, a wise cracking PI who finds himself embroiled in the fierce pursuit of the titular artefact, it is also noteworthy for the supreme direction of John Huston. In addition to his directorial duties, Huston also penned the film's excellent screenplay (adapted from a novel by Dashiell Hammett), which is resplendent with the noirish hallmarks that are now so familiar to filmgoers across the world. Essential viewing for any fan of the genre, though certainly not a viewing experience for aficionados only.
This is a perfectly crafted John Huston "noir" thriller; cynical and tough, with a superb cast headed by Humphrey Bogart at the top of his game as the hard-boiled detective, Sam Spade. Well written and with good pace. Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre are great villains, as ever, and Mary Astor is a great foil for Bogart as the "dame". A treat from beginning to end.
This is a controversial logging for a couple of reasons. Firstly, as you may have noticed, I haven't rewarded this classic with a high score. This was because I did not enjoy what I saw of it - I didn't care and it wasn't for me.
Secondly, I didn't watch the entire thing. I watched about an hour of it then thought "oh sod this, I'm going to have a nap" and dozed off for the next 20 minutes, waking up for the final scenes. So, can that be considered a loggable film? Probably not. I did consciously decide to have a nap, not just drift away so I feel the entire film up to that point had led me…
One of the most unlikeable lead characters I've ever seen.
"Heavy. What is it?
The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of."... best ending line ever.
"if you lose a son, it's possible to get another. there's only one maltese falcon."
A masterpiece of Film Nior. Humphrey Bogart is perfect. No idea how he didn't even get a best actor nomination. So many twists through the entire film, makes it a fast paced thriller with a great cast and great writing.
You're a good man, sister.
I have a large framed picture of Bogey with the falcon on the wall beside my bed.
I love Bogart. I love this film.
Films featuring varying levels of obvious and less obvious homoeroticism.