As I mentioned a couple posts back, for me The Maltese Falcon killed two birds with one stone: it introduced me to both Humphrey Bogart as well as Film Noir. Not too bad.
This is easily one of my favorite films right from the go. It's a fast-paced film with lightening quick dialogue and if you get up to get more popcorn you'll likely miss some important nuggets of intel.
This movie for me does what I want all movies to do but many don't - it builds to an ending that I look forward to seeing each and every viewing. Few movies do that for me but The Maltese Falcon does it in spades (no pun intended) and it does it with pure dialogue; no action, no explosions, no CGI. Just Bogie and Mary Astor doing their thing.
"I hope they don't hang you precious by that sweet neck".
Bogart in The Maltese Falcon
Bogart in The African Queen
Bogart in The Petrified Forest
Bogart in High Sierra
Happy New Year (Bogie-Style)
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