On My DVR: The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Synopsis (courtesy of IMDb):
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

This film is on my 170 list, and I did watch it some years ago, but even then I told myself I’d have to re-watch it someday. I must not have been in the proper mindset the first time because I recall not following the story very well. Any film with the notoriety of The Maltese Falcon and with names like John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Peter Lorre attached deserves a second watch. This film came out the same year as Citizen Kane and is the iconic Huston’s directorial debut. It earned three Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Huston), and Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Greenstreet).

Director: John Huston
Screenwriter: John Huston
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Gladys George, Sydney Greenstreet
Genres: Crime, Noir
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Runtime: 100 min.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRSCV2qc2IY]

4 thoughts on “On My DVR: The Maltese Falcon (1941)”

  1. This was one of the biggest inspirations for the short film I’m shooting next month! Just one of the most incredible pieces of cinema. And the book is superb, too – Hammett is a brilliantly gritty writer.

    The first draft of my serious modern noir was actually _The Maltese Turkey_. Then again, at that point it was a slapstick parody. So, the premise and the name changed quite a bit, but definitely, this film is one of the best, and I learned a lot from it.

    (My film’s website is http://www.thelilithnecklace.com, if you care to take a look.)


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