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Title The Maltese falcon
Published Pyrmont, N.S.W. : Warner Home Video [distributor], 2000


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  791.4372 Hus/Mfa  AVAILABLE
Description 1 videodisc (DVD) (97 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Contents DVD
Summary In his break-through role, Bogart plays private eye, Sam Spade. A beautiful but mysterious woman calls on Sam Spade, of Spade & Archer Detective Agency and hires his services to look for her sister who is missing. What follows is a thrilling drama involving murder, mayhem and a search by various and colourful characters for a certain ornament, the Maltese Falcon. Spade sets out to find out who shot his partner Arhcie, while working on a case. Spade becomes involved with a group of devious characters in search of the valuable statuette, the jewel-encrusted falcon of Malta, a tribute in 1539 to Charles V of Spain from the Knight Templars of Malte. Pirates seized the galley carrying the priceless token and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day. The focus is on private eye Sam Spade as he investigates the murder of his partner and searches for the mysterious, priceless falcon. This was a prototype for film noir in the feeling of unease running through the presentation of a claustrophobic world animated by betrayal, pain and hints of perversion. However, there is also a vein of dark humour more often linked with the private eye film. Bogart as Sam Spade is the archetypal forties 'hard-boiled' private eye who is ultimately validated as the the masculine hero. Classic film noir tends to question unified and potent masculinity. Huston's direction here is also more matter-of-fact and visually less expressionistic than the later noir-influenced detective films
Notes "65012"
Encoded for use on Region 4 players only
Contains special features "Becoming attractions - the trailers of Humphrey Bogart", interactive menus, theatrical trailers, scene access
Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
Credits Directed by John Huston ; Executive producer, Hal B. Wallis ; Screenplay John Huston ; Music, Adolphe Deutsch
Cast Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet
Audience Censorship classification: PG (parental guidance recommended for persons under 15 years)
Notes Original film version United States, Warner Bros., 1941
English or Italian language tracks ; optional English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian subtitles, English for the hearing impaired subtitles, or Italian for the hearing impaired subtitles
Available for Deakin University staff and students only
Subject Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961. Maltese falcon -- Filmand video adaptations
Genre/Form Feature films.
Detective and mystery films.
Film noir.
Video recordings.
Author Huston, John, 1906-1987.
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961. Maltese falcon.
Warner Home Video (Firm)