The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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Directed by: John Huston
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Elisha Cook, Jr.
The Maltese Falcon ranked # 23 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
The Maltese Falcon is a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, made into a quintessential film noir movie.
The 1941 film was directed by John Huston in his first directorial role - he also wrote the screenplay - and stars Humphrey Bogart as the detective, Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy, the femme fatale and ultimate villainess, who hires him, Sydney Greenstreet in his exceptional film debut as the extraordinary Kasper Gutman, and Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo.
This film was Humphrey Bogart's first role in a movie outside the studio system he had worked under previously. Bogart's role became the character archetype for a private detective in the Film Noir genre providing him near instant acclaim for the role.
The 1941 version of the film has, nonetheless, been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
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