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Live By Night: The 37th Film Noir Series: The Maltese Falcon

Sep 25 2014

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Go ahead. Give in to temptation. The night is where you live. Join us for the world’s longest-running celebration of dark rainy streets, quick-money schemes, desperate men and dangerous women, midnight air scented with cheap perfume, and gun smoke.

The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941).
Hard-boiled fiction writer Dashiell Hammett was a pioneer of the noir sensibility, and director Huston’s 1941 version of Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon set the tough-guy standard by which all others would be measured. Sam Spade (stunningly incarnated by Humphrey Bogart) regards an absurd, unpredictable, dangerous world with cool, clear eyes. Self-protective, emotionally detached and wary, he’s driven by a personal code of honor that says, “When a man’s partner is killed, he’s supposed to do something about it.” When Archer (Jerome Cowan) of Spade and Archer turns up dead, Bogart is drawn into a maze of lies and desire with beautiful, mysterious Mary Astor; bemused and eloquent Sydney Greenstreet; twitchy, pretend-tough Elisha Cook, Jr.; and petulant, gardenia-scented Peter Lorre. Bogart wants to find truth and justice in the shadows, but the others scour the world for a fabled, priceless black falcon statuette encrusted with jewels. Is it real, or as illusory as a movie image on a screen, “the stuff that dreams are made of”?
Library of Congress 35 mm print, 100 min.

Films in this series include:

September 25: The Maltese Falcon
October 2: Out of the Past
October 16: He Walked By Night
October 23: Abandoned
October 30: Shakedown
November 6: 711 Ocean Drive
November 20: The Big Combo
December 11: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
December 18: House of Games

All films 35 mm.

Series tickets may be purchased online, at the ticketing desk at any of SAM’s three sites, or over the phone with a credit card by calling the SAM Customer Service Center at 206.654.3210.

A limited number of single-film tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the show, at 7:25 pm, at the auditorium entrance for $8 (cash/check only).

Image: RKO Radio Pictures/Photofest