RARA-AVIS: Re: "You imbecile! You bloated idiot!"

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 01 Oct 2004

Our fearless leader wrote:

>Just under the wire, I watched John Huston's 1941 THE MALTESE FALCON to go
>with Falcon month. What a movie! I've probably seen it a dozen times but
>I never stop enjoying it. This time I particularly enjoyed hearing
>Spade's dialogue, still fresh in my mind from the book, spoken by Bogart,
>who made it all sound perfect and could speak incredibly fast when he

You oughtta check out the original adaptation. Much of Huston's admittedly superior film is a shot-by-shot recreation, and often the actor's seem to be mimicking the first film, both in how they speak their lines and even in their mannerisms.

It's not as good a film, but it's pretty interesting to watch. Huston's version seems to owe at least as much to this earlier film as it does to Hammett's novel.

Looking forward to see youse guys in T.O.



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