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The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
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Sep 27, 2010

it was amazing
Recommended for: Anyone
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There's probably no one who hasn't seen the movie (actually a remake) of this book with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, and Sidney Greenstreet. Hold that thought.

If you read this book, you, like I, will discover that John Huston's classic is the most complete and amazing scene-for-scene, word-for-word adaptation of the most excellent tale!

Except for one scene that is in the book, but not in the film, that is. No I won't give you a hint, read it for yourself and discover why the movie really is so great. (Yes, I love Bogie, too, but trust me on this one.)

If you need any further prompting, then, in my opinion this book is perfect example of how no good movie is made without a great writer, or scenarist, as Harlan Ellison calls the craft. I'm sure there have been one or two exceptions in the 110+ years of movie-making, but without a clear and consistent vision before even one frame of film is exposed, it's hard to see how one can consistently make a good film.
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