Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards: John Huston's Maltese Falcon (1941)

John Huston's Maltese Falcon (1941)
by Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards
Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir

This episode examines the classic "The Maltese Falcon." Based on a book by Dashiell Hammett, starring Humphrey Bogart, directed by John Huston, it is generally considered the first "film noir." As Richard and Shannon examine this landmark film, they discuss film noir's debt to hard-boiled fiction, Huston's inventive camerawork as the beginning of a visual style, and Bogart's portrayal as the prototype for noir tough guys.

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