The most famous screen version of Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 novel of the same name is a quintessential Hollywood film noir as private detective Sam Spade gets wrapped up in a web of deception, all surrounding a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon.
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A classic, one of the best films of mid-century Hollywood. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Mary Astor. Based on the book by Dashiell Hammett. There's a great trailer you can enjoy on MUBI, even if you have already seen the film more than once :-)
Finally popped this one off of my "haven't seen it" shame list. Wonderful detective story, with a charismatic Bogart carrying the show. And the central theme on greed works very good on more than one level, eventhough the story is a bit pedestrian.
John Huston was able to decipher Dashiell Hammet's multi faceted mystery novel into a pretty great film noir that features a badass Humphrey Bogart as the Detective Sam Spade and brought him out of his gangster persona.
Ehh. Character development is not as strong as it ought to be. Just because they met and had sex they call each other darling? Also, the plot is so thick and complex that it draws you out of it. It's not hard to understand, but so much trouble for so little seems like a great waste. Maybe I'm missing the symbolism that they kill and steal for something that in the end is not worth it, but it's underwhelming.