AFI #31 – The Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon - PosterThe Maltese Falcon

1941

Directed by John Huston

Netflix says… Humphrey Bogart stars as private eye Sam Spade in this Oscar-nominated noir classic that finds the sultry Miss Wonderly (Mary Astor) seeking out protection from a man named Thursby. Spade’s partner (Jerome Cowan) takes the case–but he winds up dead, along with Thursby. Spade’s subsequent hunt for the killer leads him into a world of deception and double-crossing, as a trio of criminals searches for a priceless statue known as the Maltese Falcon.

Well, what can I say about The Maltese Falcon? I’ve never found myself drawn to film noir. It’s not that I don’t like it. I just don’t take a lot of opportunities to watch films of that genre. I’ve always heard positive things about this one. And I thought it was good. Definitely had enough twists to keep it interesting. But I won’t be including it my personal top 100.

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3 thoughts on “AFI #31 – The Maltese Falcon

  1. I think we’re going to have our first fight. WHAAAAAAA?????? Not in your top 100?? You better watch it again. You must have missed something. It’s funny how tastes run. It’s actually a little existential because I’ve never been able to figure that out. For example, I love film noir and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a film like The Maltese Falcon without loving it. But why is that? Why do I and not you? Why do some people thing the Grateful Dead is the best band to ever be on the face of the earth and I can’t stand them? Is it experiences? The way our DNA works? It’s such an interesting concept to me. I would write a blog article about it, and maybe will someday, but I can’t put it into words and I feel like an idiot writing what I’ve already written here.
    The thing is, some men don’t like chick flicks. I totally get that. I don’t like them either, but they are specifically not marketed towards men. But a movie like the Maltese Falcon should appeal to anyone, unless the genre isn’t appealing. So while I’m sorry you didn’t totally love it, the bigger question is why didn’t you and why did I ?
    If this seems really off the wall to you, I’ve had a hard night. Now I want to watch the Maltese Falcon. Thank you 🙂

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    • I mean, to be fair, I did like the movie. I just wouldn’t put it in my personal top 100. Which reminds me, I need to Flickchart this one. Don’t hate me… it’s just not a genre I particularly vibe with. I’m not sure I can tell you why that is. Again, it’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s just not a movie that would strike me as something I’d think to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I do hope you enjoy your viewing of The Maltese Falcon, though 🙂

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