The Maltese Falcon

August 5, 2018

August 5, 2018

12:00 am To 12:00 am

TIFF Bell Lightbox, King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

Website

Event Description

One of the best debut features in cinema history, John Huston’s superb adaptation of a twisty, cynical Dashiell Hammett mystery made Humphrey Bogart an instant star as cool San Francisco gumshoe Sam Spade, who becomes embroiled in the murderous search for a richly bejewelled statuette of a falcon. It’s hard to know who amongst the supporting ensemble is more outrageously entertaining as the miscreants all pursue the gem-heavy bird: Mary Astor as a femme fatale who cannot keep track of her own lies; Sydney Greenstreet, making his screen debut at age 61 and snacking on the scenery as the aptly named Kasper Gutman, whose girth is exceeded only by his ruthlessness; Peter Lorre, camping it up as Gutman’s fey, saturnine partner in crime who carries gardenia-scented hankies; and wild-eyed Elisha Cook, Jr. as a two-bit hoodlum who violently bridles at Spade’s smirking scorn. “A work of entertainment so skillfully constructed that after many years and many viewings it has the same brittle explosiveness — and even some of the surprises — that it had in its first run” (Pauline Kael).

Visited 94 times, 1 Visit today

Reviews are disabled, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.

Related Events

TIFF Bell Lightbox, King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

August 10, 2018

When Montana teen Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) is caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, she is promptly shipped… Read more…

TIFF Bell Lightbox, King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

December 21, 2015

6:30 pm To 8:06 pm

Marilyn Monroe gives what many critics consider one of her finest performances as a voluptuous Ozarks chanteuse who is pursued by a lusty cowboy, in this loose… Read more…

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

November 16, 2017

7:30 pm To 8:58 pm

ohn Trengove’s debut feature, The Wound, is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture. Read more…