A Video Review and Analysis of ‘The Maltese Falcon’ (1941)

Sam Spade: “Don’t be too sure I’m as crooked as I’m supposed to be.”

Filmmaker Séan Weathers and I have collaborated on another film noir review!

This time, we give our thoughts about The Maltese Falcon, widely-considered to be the first recognized film noir and certainly one of the best.

I hope you enjoy the discussion! 🙂 More to come.

PS: Here’s my review of the novel! 🙂

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4 Responses to A Video Review and Analysis of ‘The Maltese Falcon’ (1941)

  1. moviefanman says:

    Fun fact about this one: Huston had his secretary type out the book for him in script form so he could make his notes and prep for his first draft of the screenplay. His secretary left it on his desk while he was out and Jack Warner came in wanting to speak to him about the project. Warner picked the piece up and read it, and when Huston came back, Warner told him his first draft was incredible and green-lit the film right away without Huston having even written an actual screenplay. The film actually does follow the book almost verbatim, lessening the sexual undertones, reducing Iva Archer’s presence to a bare minimum, and completely altering the ending, though it is better than the book which is completely cold and nihilistic. A fantastic film in my top 100 and a blue print to Noir.

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    • Debbi says:

      It’s been ages since I read the book, but yes, the movie is practically taken verbatim from it, otherwise. Except for the Flitcraft Parable, of course. 🙂

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  2. I like the ending of the movie better than the book’s ending, but I really like the book. I agree with you re: the Flitcraft Parable. I love that Hammett included it in the book.

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