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The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

1941 / 100min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JOHN HUSTON

CAST: HUMPHREY BOGART, MARY ASTOR, PETER LORRE, SYDNEY GREENSTREET

John Huston’s hard-boiled directorial debut teams Peter Lorre and man-mountain Sydney Greenstreet, making his screen debut at 62, as a weird tag-team of heavies, and made a marquee star of Humphrey Bogart, here playing a private dick on the prowl for “the stuff that dreams are made of.” A real rogue’s gallery of character actors, and an opening shot in the noir uprising, its brooding chiaroscuro going a long way towards revolutionizing moving and still photography in America.