Friday, June 22, 2007

Free movie: The Maltese Falcon

Don't forget: we'll be having a free showing of the classic 1941 noir film The Maltese Falcon on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m in the lecture hall of the Main Library, which is located at 300 Estudillo Avenue. Everyone is invited to attend.

Based on the mystery novel by Dashiell Hammett, the movie stars Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, a shopworn San Francisco private eye, and Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaugnessy, the beautiful, yet treacherous woman looking for a treasure that she’s willing to kill for. Also on the murderous hunt are a grafter played by Peter Lorre and a fat man named Gutman played by Sydney Greenstreet.

The Maltese Falcon was a career-making film for its stars as well as for its first-time director, John Huston. It was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1942 and is widely considered to be one of the first and finest noir films. The American Film Institute (AFI) ranked it #23 in their list of the best 100 movies in American cinema and the film ends with a line that is #14 on the AFI's list of top movie quotes in cinematic history: "The stuff that dreams are made of."

Pick up your free movie tickets at the Main Library’s Information Desk. Refreshments and door prizes are included. For more information, call (510) 577-3971.

1 comment:

Lori said...

I previewed The Maltese Falcon last night. Wow!! So much smarter than this campy trailer suggests.

Terrific dialog, acting, photography, etc. It's got it all. Bottomline: It's just a great, great movie. I can't wait to see it on the big screen this Thursday. Kids over 12 may also enjoy it.

So do yourself a favor and come to the library to watch this classic film.