THE MALTESE FALCON

Director John Huston
Year 1941
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre
Run Time 100min
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John Huston’s seminal, canonized film noir classic remains as fresh and entertaining as ever. Featuring one of the all-time great performances from Humphrey Bogart, this beautifully stylized and masterfully executed product of the classical Hollywood studio system is a perfect merging of art and entertainment.

Made in the heyday of ‘40s film noir THE MALTESE FALCON sets itself apart by Huston’s flawless execution as director and screenwriter. From the first moment that “Spade and Archer” silhouette sits on the floor of Spade’s office until Bogey speaks the film’s infamous final line the film holds us in its grasp.

The story was well known (this was the third screen adaptation of the novel of the same name), but Huston made sure his film would be remembered by the sheer genius of mastering his craft as a filmmaker of the highest order. It also helps that everyone else behind the camera, in particular cinematographer Arthur Edeson, is on top of their game.

Also featuring an A-list cast that includes Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Mary Astor, THE MALTESE FALCON is a true and beyond worthy American classic.

It seeps with intrigue, betrayal, back stabbing and all that good stuff like the gorgeous black-and-white photography, a patented Bogey performance, and so much smoking. (R.J. LaForce)

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