Film Noir 2023
Screening Dates
  • August 3, 2023 6:45
  • August 5, 2023 8:30
  • August 7, 2023 4:00
  • August 15, 2023 8:40
New Restoration

The first great film noir.”

Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton, A Panorama of American Film Noir

John Huston’s directorial debut established the now-legendary Bogie persona: the snarling, cynical, self-reliant anti-hero whose tough-guy exterior masks the bittersweet soul underneath. French critic Nino Frank categorized The Maltese Falcon as one of four horsemen of what he termed noir, a series of films that had broken with run-of-the-mill police dramas” to plunge into an oneiric mixture of anxious innuendo and violent candour. Humphrey Bogart is “​Spade, Sam Spade,” a San Francisco private eye caught up in a deadly search for the missing statuette of the title. Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Elisha Cook Jr. orbit the solid gold prize, the stuff dreams are made of.” Huston, as would become his trademark, exhaustively charts the lures of greed and grotesque betrayal—just to mock its ultimate insignificance. This re-release, the most extensive restoration of the film to date, is sourced from the original nitrate negative.

Tickets for the opening-night screening of The Maltese Falcon (August 3) include admittance to the courtyard shindig at 6:00 pm featuring vinyl jazz, tasty treats, Luppolo beer, and your first shot at scoring our 2023 noir merch!

Film noir was waiting to be born … Sam Spade set the stage for a decade in which unsentimental heroes talked tough and cracked wise.”

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The chief character influence [here] is Humphrey Bogart, a man of explosive action in an iron mask … He has some of that magnetism you can feel through the screen; he is a villain with appeal. He has a good part here, [and] he fills it without trying.”

Otis Ferguson, The New Republic