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The Maltese Falcon [DVD]

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  • THE MALTESE FALCON was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989. Dashiell Hammett's novel was first adapted for the screen in 1931. Known alternately as "The Maltese Falcon" and "Dangerous Female," this version was directed by Roy del Ruth and starred Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Robert Elliott, Thelma Todd, Una Merkel, and Dwight Frye. In 1936, a second adaptation appeared. The William Dieterle film, "Satan Met a Lady," featured Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth, and Arthur Treacher. After years of screenwriting, John Huston made his directorial debut with "Falcon." His father, actor Walter Huston, has a cameo in the film. Sydney Greenstreet made his sound-film debut with "Falcon." He was previously a member of the Lunt-Fontaine theater troupe. Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart were cited by the National Board of Review for their acting achievement in "The Maltese Falcon." A colorized version of the film is also available.
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  • Credits
    Humphrey Bogart, Humphrey DeForest Bogart, Mary Astor, Lucille Vasconcellos Langhanke, Peter Lorre, Lszl Lwenstein, Sydney Greenstreet, Gladys George, Ward Bond, Elisha Cook, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Jerome Cowan, James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton, Emory Parnell, Robert Homans, Creighton Hale, Charles Drake, William Hopper, Hank Mann, Jack Mower
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The real spark in this suavest of mysteries is provided by its eccentric collection of villains..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
    Total Film

    "...Bogart was always in control....The movie is refreshingly cynical..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Huston's strategy is crafty....It's all style. It isn't violence or chases, but the way the actors look, move, speak and embody their characters..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...FALCON is the archetypal American detective yarn..."
    Premiere

    "Boldly manipulative light and shadow, utilizing drastic camera angles, and introducing Bogart's Sam Spade, the first-time director's detective classic defines film noir." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] remains enjoyable for its razor-sharp dialogue....A great example of vintage studio alchemy."
    Uncut

    "There is a spareness of style here that puts many of today's bloated thrillers to shame."
    Sight and Sound

    5 stars out of 5 -- "This is pure essence of film noir -- essentially starting the genre..."
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