Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Maltese Falcon

Dir: John Huston, 1941, bw (9.0*)

One of the great treasure hunts on film, a film noir mystery from the pen of Dashiell Hammett, a Sam Spade novel. Thankfully George Raft turned down the part, and it made Humphrey Bogart a star. The terrific Huston script has Bogart investigating his partner's murder and he runs into Sydney Greenstreet, who is hunting for a jeweled, golden falcon left behind by the Knights Templar in the middle ages. Peter Lorre is in on the plot, as is his client Mary Astor. The ever present Elisha Cook is Greenstreet's gun.
Quote: Oh, you're good, you're real good alright. (Bogart to Astor)


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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