The Maltese Falcon

Monday, July 24
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1hr 40mins // directed by:John Huston // featuring:Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor // 35mm

Featuring an introduction by authors and members of Mystery Writers of America, Don Kaplan (The Devil's Jury) and Paula Munier (Plot Perfect). John Huston’s (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Africa Queen) directorial debut, a brilliant adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's hard-boiled detective novel, is the dark and cynical dawn of film noir.

Sam Spade, the world-weary, wise-cracking PI played with uncanny perfection by Humphrey Bogart, falls into a labyrinthine quest for treasure, while a beautiful femme-fatale and a trio of eccentric hoodlums all try to get in his way. The Maltese Falcon set the standard for a new genre, introducing to the world the rugged anti-hero barely surviving in a cruel and broken world, and remains as one of the most celebrated and entertaining crime dramas Hollywood has ever produced.