Hello my Classic Fiction Enthusiasts-
The Maltese Falcon will be playing at the Paramount on 4/26 for one evening and for a mere $5.00! If you like, feel free to join me in reading Dashielle Hammett's novel as well (a quick read).
We will meet at the Paramount outside the box office at 6:45 then enter the theatre to get seats. We will have about 30 minutes (festivities begin at 7:30, curtain goes up at 8 p.m.) to have a drink and discuss the novel. Reading the book is not required if you'd like to join us for the film only.
If you've never been to the Paramount in Oakland, you're in for a real treat!
It's like stepping back into the past, into one of those glorious movie palaces of a bygone era! And all for a five-dollar admission. Film showings at the Paramount include a half-hour organ concert of classic songs (starting at 7:30), followed by cartoons, newsreels, clips of coming attractions, and even a raffle drawing with prizes such as dinners for two at some of the area's finest restaurants! Winner of the East Bay Express's "Best Movie-Going Experience" and voted "Best Deal in the Bay Area," it's a wonderful night out on the town!
I recommend taking BART, which stops right underneath the theater at the 19th street station (20th street exit).
The Maltese Falcon-(1941) is a Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. Directed byJohn Huston, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade and Mary Astor as his "femme fatale" client. Gladys George, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet co-star, with Greenstreet appearing in his film debut. The Maltese Falcon was Huston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
The story follows a San Francisco private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.
The Maltese Falcon has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Roger Ebert and Entertainment Weekly, and was cited by Panorama du Film Noir Américain as the first major film noir.
The film premiered on October 3, 1941 in New York City, and was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 1989.
The film received three nominations at the 14th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Sydney Greenstreet for Best Supporting Actor, and John Huston for Best Adapted Screenplay.
As a result of the film's success, Warner Brothers immediately made plans to produce a sequel entitled The Further Adventures of the Maltese Falcon, which Huston was to direct in early 1942. However, due to Huston's high demand as a director and unavailability of the major cast members, the sequel was never made.
The film has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Roger Ebert and Entertainment Weekly.
In 1989, The Maltese Falcon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", going in the first year of voting.
American Film Institute recognition
- 1998 – AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies – No. 23
- 2001 – AFI's 100 Years…100 Thrills – No. 26
- 2003 – AFI's 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains:
- Kasper Gutman – Nominated Villain
- Brigid O'Shaughnessy – Nominated Villain
- 2005 – AFI's 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes:
- "The stuff that dreams are made of." – No. 14
- "You're good, you're very good." – Nominated
- 2007 – AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) – No. 31
- 2008 – AFI's 10 Top 10 – No. 6 Mystery Film
The Maltese Falcon by Dashielle Hammett-
The Maltese Falcon is a 1930 detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally serialized in the magazine Black Mask. The story has been adapted several times for the cinema. The main character, Sam Spade, appears only in this novel and in three lesser known short stories, yet is widely cited as the crystallizing figure in the development of the hard-boiled private detective genre – Raymond Chandler's character Philip Marlowe, for instance, was strongly influenced by Hammett's Spade. Spade was a departure from Hammett's nameless detective, The Continental Op. Sam Spade combined several features of previous detectives, most notably his cold detachment, keen eye for detail, and unflinching determination to achieve his own justice. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Maltese Falcon 56th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
Samuel Dashiell Hammett (1894 – 1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse).
In addition to the significant influence his novels and stories had on film, Hammett "is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time" and was called, in his obituary in The New York Times, "the dean of the... 'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction." Time magazine included Hammett's 1929 novel Red Harvest on a list of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005.