Thursday, March 25, 2010

What're You Lookin' At?

Has there ever been a movie made so faithfully to the book as The Maltese Falcon?

The other night, the movie was on television, but I only caught the last 30 minutes. Then the next night, I couldn't sleep, so I got the book off the shelf and started reading. And as I read, Bogart's voice flowed so naturally from Spade's mouth, you'd think Hammett wrote the part specifically for him. Same for Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo.

It's just scary.

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