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The Maltese Falcon

USA 1941. Dir: John Huston. 100 min. DCP

Pop culture artefact. Film noir prototype. Classic Hollywood high point. John Huston's directorial debut. And Humphrey Bogart, in his first top-billed role, establishing the now-legendary Bogie persona: the snarling, cynical, self-reliant anti-hero whose tough-guy exterior masks the bittersweet romantic (and perhaps even sentimental) soul underneath. Bogart is “Spade, Sam Spade,” a San Francisco private-eye caught up in a deadly web of deceit involving a motley assortment of unscrupulous characters (Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Elisha Cook Jr.) and the search for a missing statuette. Has there been a better screen adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s deliciously hard-boiled detective fiction?


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★★★★ "Among the movies we not only love but treasure."

Roger Ebert | full review

"This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form."

Variety | full review

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