Category Archives: 1941

Movies released in 1941.

Review: The Maltese Falcon

Director: John Huston
Year: 1941
Score: 7.5/10

This is a pretty cool optical illusion. Click on this image, make it fullscreen, then stare directly into Wilmer's eyes. After ten minutes, you should see it.

This is a pretty cool optical illusion. Click on this image, make it fullscreen, then stare directly into Wilmer’s eyes. After ten minutes, you should see it.

Fun, engrossing detective story that’s heavy on plot and full of twists and turns. It’s very talky, perhaps too much so; in fact, the fast-paced dialogue barely lets up the whole way through. Sam Spade is a wonderful creation of Dashiell Hammett brought to life memorably here by Humphrey Bogart, but the bizarre supporting characters he encounters along the way are as much as part of the film’s appeal as he is. The furtive, panicky Cairo and the crafty ‘Fat Man’ Gutman (played by Peter Laure and Sydney Greenstreet respectively) are especially enjoyable. Though billed as a film noir, it’s much more lively and full of humour than any other film noir I’ve seen. Well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it.

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