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1941 American film noir written and directed by John Huston in his directorial debut, based on the 1930 novel of the same name.

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Based on a novel by Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon stars Humphrey Bogart as private detective Sam Spade whose latest case involves three eccentric criminals who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a priceless statuette. Throw in a psychopathic hoodlum and a gorgeous liar and you have some of the most memorable screen characters the American cinema has produced.

Described as the ‘dean of hard-boiled detective fiction’, Dashiell Hammett is famous for the authenticity and realism of his writing, drawing on his own experiences as a private detective for the Pinkerton Detective Agency in San Francisco. Hammett’s novels were some of the first to use dialogue that sounded authentic to the era, thanks to characters who were taken from real life with stories set in the streets of the city he knew so well.

John Huston’s directorial debut became an instant classic and received three Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Sydney Greenstreet, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Huston himself. One of the most influential of the early film noirs, The Maltese Falcon created many of the archetypes for which the genre became famous.

Following on from our August screening of The Big Sleep why not come along to compare Bogart’s Phillip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles with his turn as Sam Spade in the treacherous shadowy world of Hammett’s San Francisco.


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