The Maltese Falcon

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

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.