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still The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, US 1941)

The Maltese Falcon

John Huston / US, 1941 / 101 min.

Dashiell Hammett, pioneer of the hard-boiled detective, published his most famous novel The Maltese Falcon in 1930. After two prior adaptations, debutant John Huston had a shot at it in 1941. This signalled the birth of film noir.

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A mysterious woman walks into a detective’s office and asks for help. It’s the start of an intrigue full of dead ends and hairpin bends during which the detective, Sam Spade, inimitably portrayed by Humphrey Bogart, is constantly put on the wrong foot, along with the audience. They know just as little as he does.

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The Maltese Falcon


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Rain-drenched streets, curls of cigarette smoke, and men with a dark past. An inescapable fate and a femme fatale, sly and sexually independent. This summer Eye is presenting an extended programme of classic film noir, featuring masterpieces such as The Third Man and In a Lonely Place starring Humphrey Bogart. With vintage 35mm prints and newly restored works.

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still The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, US 1941)
still The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, US 1941)

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