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  1. Hi! Tony,

    I guess that your review here… just about covers all the “bases” when it comes to one of my favorite film(s)…John Huston’s 1941 film The Maltese Falcon.

    Tony said,”John Huston’s 1941 screenplay was the first serious attempt to bring the hard-boiled nature of Hammett’s fiction to the screen.”

    I agree, with you, wholeheartedly, and on the other hand, I think that director Roman Polanski’s 1974 film Chinatown was the first film to attempt to “reinvent” film noir.(and give it a “new” name called… neo-noir.

    By the way, I’am in the process of sending you, an email pertaining to film noir, but of course!…
    Thanks, for sharing and…
    …Take care!
    DeeDee ;)

  2. The 1931 version is actually quite good, but has understandably been eclipsed by Huston’s masterpiece. The actor who played the Joel Cairo role (Mathieson?)is just about as effective as Lorre, but even with the fildelity to Hammett, it lacked Huston’s sense of timing, and the star presence of Bogart. The assertion that Huston broached the ‘hard boiled nature’ of the material is quite sound. Only a film as great as the 1941 THE MALTESE FALCON would be able to put the fine earlier version out to pasture.

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