Thursday, 21 August 2008
THE MALTESE FALCON
Directed by John Huston
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet
I seem to be on a noir kick at the moment. Maybe it's something to do with the atrocious weather. There's something lush about lying in bed, the rain hammering against the window while old moody black and white images play across the screen.
This film is so well know that I won't go into the plot except to say that it still holds up today.
The film belongs totally to ugly/handsome Humphrey Bogart and that's saying something for his brilliant performance given that the supporting turns from Lorre and Greenstreet are textbook acting.
The DVD Region 2 release is, as expected, short on extras but there is an interesting feature looking at Bogart trailers.
The book had been filmed twice already, as Dangerous Lady and Satan met a Lady in 1931 and 1935 respectively. Both versions flopped.
This was Bogart's first real starring role after a string of classic supporting roles.
The falcon prop was sold in 1994 at auction for $398,500
The film had a $81,000 budget and was made in six weeks.
George Raft turned down the role of Sam Spade before it was given to Bogart.
Posted by Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin at 14:46