Well, Merry Christmas one and all. This is an interesting time, a time to watch a great film, go on, put The Maltese Falcon on your telly box and wallow in genius. The genius of the writing (Dashiell Hammett), the genius of the direction (John Huston)

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And most of all, the genius of the cast. Today would have been Humphrey Bogart’s 115th birthday, sadly he died at half that age. Tomorrow Elisha Cook Jnr would have been 110 and on the 27th, Sydney Greenstreet would have been 134.
Imagine the party they would have had if they were all working together on The Maltese Falcon at that time. I can’t imagine Huston would have dissuaded them from have a glass or two to celebrate their birthdays.
One of the all time great films, a “go to” movie if you need reassuring that films can be great.

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