The Maltese Falcon


Following on with the Dashiell Hammett love, today’s movie is “The Maltese Falcon”. Supposedly John Huston just got his PA to transcribe the dialogue from the book while he went hunting elephants. And why not? Hammett’s book is amazing. And, hopefully not a spoiler but, it has, to my mind, the best ever twist in history.

Forget the deceitful “Sixth Sense” or “Star Wars” – “I am your father”, Hammett did it right. It’s a story that turns out to be about a completely different thing – but it’s all based on character, not tricks. As with “Casablanca”, which most of the cast were also in, everyone is on their “A” game. Just a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful movie. Did I say “wonderful” enough”?

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