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

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 03 Oct 2004

Mario/Jacques wrote:

>The first Falcon film was shown by Turner not that long ago. I
>watched it and was not very impressed. It's a solid thriller but the
>magic isn't there. The script is fine but somehow the thing
>doesn't take off as it does in Huston's masterpiece.

Agreed. But the similarities are striking. Even the vocal inflections and nuances in the way some of the actors' lines are spoken and the camera angles are near-perfect match-ups.

Which leads me to believe the oft-repeated story that Huston did the screenplay by having his secretary type out the book, sans exposition, is pure horse hockey. It looks more like he just dusted off the original screenplay, and restored the book's ending.

And there's a pretty steamy (for the times) scene Huston didn't film that's in the first flick, where it's suggested Spade strip searches Brigid.

But Huston's version sure shows that remakes can indeed be worth watching, and even surpass the original.

See ya in Toronto, folks. This bird has almost flown. And if you're going down Bouchercon way, be sure to catch "ISLAND OF TERROR: THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I WAS PUBLISHED" with Sam Reaves (Domenic Martell), Ruthe Furie, me and moderator P.J. Parrish at 2 pm Thursday.



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