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10 January 2010

The Maltese Falcon

directed by John Huston

Bogart defines a genre as Sam Spade, hardboiled detective hired by a beautiful woman to solve a hardboiled case. Sydney Greenstreet plays another unsavory character with all the panache and pomp he can muster, and Huston serves up the finest example of film noir imaginable. What’s film noir? Wait a minute- is this film school? Fine, film noir is a genre of film characterized by morally ambiguous heroes and heroines, typically dark settings and stark contrasts in lighting to evoke a feeling of tension and create a world where traditional values are overturned. Bogart is the OG when it comes to the tough guy does the right thing role, and like the highlander, there can be only one. Any fan of crime films, Huston films and awesome films in general should consider this a must see.

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