June 30, 2008
The Maltese Falcon
This is the first movie I've ever seen Humphrey Bogart in, and I have to admit, he's very cool. His character - Sam Spade - is so vividly drawn, it's a joy to watch. He's so full of confidence, so unflappable, and yet so unpredictable... this was very good writing. I keep a little notebook handy when I watch these films and I write things that strike my fancy. Bits of dialogue, big moments, awesome plot twists, little details, just anything that I want to remember. I was writing a lot while watching this film. So many excellent lines.
This was clearly from a day when movies were still more like plays. And it occurred to me while watching this film that the modern demand of films to make a certain amount of real life sense was absent from those times. There are large and small things in this film that make no sense logically but that you kind of just accept because it's part of the story, much like you'd do with a play.
Anyway, I continue to be amazed at these old movies that entertain me. And here was another one. Watch it for Bogart's smooth coolness, some great lines, and a great mood.
3 out of 4
Posted by jason on June 30, 2008 03:42 AM
I don't think I ever saw all of The Maltese Falcon. My favorite Bogart moves are Sabrina, The African queen, and The Desperate Hours. I highly recommend them. They are so very different, but he is wonderful in each one.
Posted by: KathieK on July 3, 2008 02:27 AM