Summer Classics: The Maltese Falcon

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Summer Classics: The Maltese Falcon
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1941 / 1h 40m / Not Rated / Film Noir

John Huston’s directorial debut, The Maltese Falcon is the definitive film noir. From the cinematography, to the script, to the score, all the way down to the way Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) dresses and holds his cigarette, The Maltese Falcon established rules for the genre that would hold for decades. It features a literal murderer’s row of memorable characters: Spade, the detective; Archer, his partner, now dead; Brigid O’Shaughnessy (Mary Astor), a woman with dangerous secrets; and a whole playbill full of fantastic villains, including Peter Lorre, Elisha Cook Jr., and Sidney Greenstreet in his first film role. There’s not a second of unnecessary action or a syllable of wasted language in this classic mystery thriller.

The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Media support is provided by WEDU-PBS.
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