History FIlm / TheMalteseFalcon

6th Aug '17 10:00:28 AM WildeOscar
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Joel Cairo. It's rather less ambiguous in the original novel and in the pre-[[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode Hays Code]] film adaptation (in the 1941 version, you could tell he was gay because he wore white gloves and smelled of lavender, not to mention Hammett's references to Wilmer as the 'gunsel', which is ''not'' slang for a gun-toting criminal).

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Joel Cairo. It's rather less ambiguous in the original novel and in the pre-[[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode Hays Code]] film adaptation (in the 1941 version, you could tell he was gay because he wore white gloves and smelled of lavender, gardenia, not to mention Hammett's references to Wilmer as the 'gunsel', which is ''not'' slang for a gun-toting criminal).
19th Jun '17 4:50:52 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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''The Maltese Falcon'' has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Creator/RogerEbert, and ''Entertainment Weekly'', and was cited by ''Panorama du Film Noir Américain'' as the first major work of FilmNoir. (Though today, movie historians generally consider the first noir to be ''Stranger on the Third Floor'', released one year earlier.) The film was Creator/JohnHuston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards. It was actually the third version of Hammett's novel, having been made in 1931 as ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1931}}'' and more loosely in 1936 as ''Satan Met a Lady''.

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''The Maltese Falcon'' has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Creator/RogerEbert, and ''Entertainment Weekly'', and was cited by ''Panorama du Film Noir Américain'' as the first major work of FilmNoir. (Though today, movie historians generally consider the first noir to be ''Stranger on the Third Floor'', released one year earlier.) The film was Creator/JohnHuston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards.UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s. It was actually the third version of Hammett's novel, having been made in 1931 as ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1931}}'' and more loosely in 1936 as ''Satan Met a Lady''.
27th May '17 12:53:52 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* MacGuffin: The Falcon, which has little use in the story other than to be something valuable enough to drive the plot.

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* MacGuffin: {{MacGuffin}}: The Falcon, which has little use in the story other than to be something valuable enough to drive the plot.
27th May '17 11:57:08 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Kasper Gutman is almost always cheerful and polite.

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** Kasper Gutman is almost always cheerful and polite. He's so amiable and good-humored that you almost don't notice that he's a total sociopath.



* TheDeterminator: Kasper Gutman has been chasing the Falcon for 17 odd years; after he finds out that the bird they've stolen is a fake, he's ready in an instant to go back to Istanbul to start the search all over again.

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* TheDeterminator: {{Determinator}}: Kasper Gutman has been chasing the Falcon for 17 odd years; after he finds out that the bird they've stolen is a fake, he's ready in an instant to go back to Istanbul to start the search all over again.
1st May '17 11:55:46 AM jamespolk
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''The Maltese Falcon'' has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Creator/RogerEbert, and ''Entertainment Weekly'', and was cited by ''Panorama du Film Noir Américain'' as the first major work of FilmNoir. (Though today, movie historians generally consider the first noir to be ''Stranger on the Third Floor'', released one year earlier.) The film was Creator/JohnHuston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

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''The Maltese Falcon'' has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Creator/RogerEbert, and ''Entertainment Weekly'', and was cited by ''Panorama du Film Noir Américain'' as the first major work of FilmNoir. (Though today, movie historians generally consider the first noir to be ''Stranger on the Third Floor'', released one year earlier.) The film was Creator/JohnHuston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Awards. It was actually the third version of Hammett's novel, having been made in 1931 as ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1931}}'' and more loosely in 1936 as ''Satan Met a Lady''.
7th Apr '17 12:49:08 PM mantis
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* IRejectYourReality: Gutman and Cairo would rather believe Kemidov is a MagnificentBastard that think that the Falcon is nothing more than a worthless dingus that they have spent their entire lives (and lots of money, and many dastardly acts) getting. The movie do leaves open whether or not this is the actual reality.

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* IRejectYourReality: Gutman and Cairo would rather believe Kemidov is a MagnificentBastard that than think that the Falcon is nothing more than a worthless dingus that they have spent their entire lives (and lots of money, and many dastardly acts) getting. The movie do leaves open whether or not this is the actual reality.
7th Apr '17 12:47:46 PM mantis
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* HardboiledDetective: Sam Spade is one of the codifiers. He is cynical but determined, has a prickly relationship with law enforcement, keeps his cards close to his chest regarding whose side he is really on in the BlackAndGrayMorality conflict over the Falcon, and is seldom seen without a cigar or cigarette in his mouth and a drink in his hand.

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* HardboiledDetective: Sam Spade is one of the codifiers. He is cynical but determined, has a prickly relationship with law enforcement, keeps his cards close to his chest regarding whose side he is really on in the BlackAndGrayMorality [[BlackAndGrayMorality conflict over the Falcon, Falcon]], and is seldom seen without a cigar or cigarette in his mouth and a drink in his hand.
13th Mar '17 9:56:42 PM marcoasalazarm
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* WorthlessTreasureTwist: The titular falcon statuette is only a big hunk of lead under the ebony enamel, leading to a moment of VillainousBreakdown. The Trope is played with in that fact that this discovery only makes the bad guys do an "IRefuseYourReality" (believing that ''maybe'' it was switched with a replica) and decide to continue their quest.

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* WorthlessTreasureTwist: The titular falcon statuette is only a big hunk of lead under the ebony enamel, leading to a moment of VillainousBreakdown. The Trope is played with in that fact that this discovery only makes the bad guys do an "IRefuseYourReality" "IRejectYourReality" (believing that ''maybe'' it was switched with a replica) and decide to continue their quest.
13th Mar '17 9:56:23 PM marcoasalazarm
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* IRefuseYourReality: Gutman and Cairo would rather believe Kemidov is a MagnificentBastard that think that the Falcon is nothing more than a worthless dingus that they have spent their entire lives (and lots of money, and many dastardly acts) getting. The movie do leaves open whether or not this is the actual reality.

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* IRefuseYourReality: IRejectYourReality: Gutman and Cairo would rather believe Kemidov is a MagnificentBastard that think that the Falcon is nothing more than a worthless dingus that they have spent their entire lives (and lots of money, and many dastardly acts) getting. The movie do leaves open whether or not this is the actual reality.
13th Mar '17 9:55:03 PM marcoasalazarm
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* IRefuseYourReality: Gutman and Cairo would rather believe Kemidov is a MagnificentBastard that think that the Falcon is nothing more than a worthless dingus that they have spent their entire lives (and lots of money, and many dastardly acts) getting. The movie do leaves open whether or not this is the actual reality.



* WorthlessTreasureTwist

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* WorthlessTreasureTwistWorthlessTreasureTwist: The titular falcon statuette is only a big hunk of lead under the ebony enamel, leading to a moment of VillainousBreakdown. The Trope is played with in that fact that this discovery only makes the bad guys do an "IRefuseYourReality" (believing that ''maybe'' it was switched with a replica) and decide to continue their quest.
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