Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Maltese Falcon

1941, 96m, John Huston
Among other attractions, is the sight of a man (Humphrey Bogart) heartily laughing with a cigarette tightly pressed between his lips. The cigarette is a key performer of noire and Bogart its leading exponent. A blend of humor, alluring b/w cinematography, action, improbable plot and consecutive witticisms--goes down smooth.                                                  
To quote from the Times:
"Bogart’s appeal was and remains completely adult — so adult that it’s hard to believe he was ever young. If men who take responsibility are hard to come by in films these days, it’s because they’re hard to come by, period, in an era when being a kid for life is the ultimate achievement..."


Anonymous said...

I recommend you John Huston's "Beat the Devil"(1953).

S. M. Rana said...