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The mysterious legend of the Maltese Falcon unfolds as the opening scene reveals the origin of the jewel-encrusted black statue Its history dates back ages and it is said to have disappeared after a struggle at sea with its whereabouts unknown The black and white screen slowly provides a transition into the office and intricate life of private eye Sam Spade Humphrey Bogart As the dialogue starts fast and furiously a story involving murder greed and betrayal unfolds on screen This movie which spawned a whole slew of hard-boiled followers in its classic style is still today one of the most celebrated detective tales ever The Maltese Falcon was the third and most acclaimed remake of Dasheill Hammetts fictional story In John Hustons 1941 directorial debut it was an instant smash hit at the time Even more renowned today critics agree on its importance as the beginning of the movie genre film noir and it is considered by many to be Humphrey Bogarts breakthrough movie As Danny Peary of the Guide For the Film Fanatic raves it is A true masterpiece A landmark picture Turner DVD Even more so is the fact that it has landed on countless best-movie-of-all-time lists including the famous American Film Institutes top 100 American Films List Turner DVD Set in the dark alleys of San Francisco Humphrey Bogart stars as a proletarian tough guy private detective tangled in a web of deceit as he tries to uncover the truth about the priceless statue everybody wants bad enough to kill for Bogart plays a tough experienced short-tempered yet oddly likeable Sam Spade a character both with Hammetts real first name and old profession Falcon FAQ pg 5 Although his vivid character is set on a crusade for the justice Bogart is by no means angelic Staying at times above the law puts him into various life-threatening situations along his adventure During his encounters he must evade the hard-nosed police
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