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    The Maltese Falcon (1941) is a film directed by John Hunston. In the film, a private detective named Sam Spade’s partner gets murdered and a woman, Ruth Wonderly, shows up needing his help to find a falcon statue. Spade meets a variety of characters all with the same motive of acquiring the falcon statue. This films use of a classical opening and closing, the way it develops its characters, the omniscience of the narrator, and causal linearity combined with the continuity editing system define this film as an example of classical Hollywood cinema. The opening of the Maltese Falcon represents the exposition used in Classical Hollywood (Bordwell). It begins by displaying a prologue explaining what the Maltese Falcon is. It then introduces when…

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    style that deals with the dark world of crime and intrigue. It conveys a mood of disillusion and resignation proceeding from moral ambiguities between good and evil. This direction of film is clearly represented in the classic movie “The Maltese Falcon,” by John Huston. In this film it is also clear to the audience that the main character, Sam Spade, portrays an anti hero, which is a character in a story, usually the main character who does not demonstrate heroic qualities, such as courage and…

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    Stereotyping is something that was well alive back then and still alive and well today. Although stereotyping does not have an exact date on which it started, it all comes from people not being willing or taking the time to actually complete the “total picture.” So, we take what we see and hear, such as language, gestures, and appearance to fill in the missing parts. There are two main instances which occur in the Maltese Falcon which are, sexism, and homosexuality, two of the many stereotypes…

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    Kaylen Simmons Mr. Smith Block 1 15 September 2015 Sam Spade was Misused and Abused A victim is a person that is tricked or swindled. In the novel The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, deception plays a big role. Throughout the story Sam Spade is deceived and taken advantage of in the story by Bridgid O'Shaughnessy. She is a compulsive liar and lies about almost everything in order to get an advantage of receiving the falcon. She is not completely honest with her relationship between her and…

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    Where is the place for trust in relationships? This is the very question Huston is asking the audience in The Maltese Falcon through his exemplification of numerous relationships that all have an underlying aspect of deceit and betrayal. Starting with the relationship of Miles and Sam, Huston tears apart all the values that are usually expected to be upheld in the simplest of relationships starting with friendship, all because of women. Huston’s settling of these tarnished relationships in the…

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    Many times in courses that you take, you not only find the material useful for that course but for other courses also and we just don’t realize it. Although The Maltese Falcon is used in an English course some of the events could be beneficial in a psychology course. With the definition of psychology being the study of mind behavior and understanding different people in different cases, one could see why or better yet how this novel could be used in such a course. In The Maltese Falcon, there…

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    one is accused of a crime. According to the United States of America’s criminal law, one who is accused of a crime is still considered innocent unless proven guilty in a criminal court of law. This means even those who are considered a suspect in a crime cannot be detained in a jail until they are convicted. These rights are guaranteed in the Fourth and Fifth Amendment of the United States of America. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett is a novel that can be used in a government class to…

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    fiction,” (Mansfield-Kelly 229). He wrote the first tough-guy detective in “The Gutting of Couffignal”, named Continental OP and wrote The Maltese Falcon (Mansfield-Kelly 229). This author has paved the way for future authors and filmmakers to adapt the genre for current audiences like director Rian Johnson of the movie Brick. Johnson uses Hammett’s layout to make Brick by giving it a setting, investigator characteristics that show toughness and loneliness, and with corruption. In all stories,…

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    In the Maltese Falcon, Hammett builds a detective through the genre of hardboiled fiction and his writing style. Like a boiled egg that has lost all softness. “The writing style is gritty and tough.”(the big read). In the writing a hard boiled detective is a “man at odds with society, whose motivation stems not from monetary reward but from a personal code and the search for truth.”Throughout the novel, Spade’s definition of a detective comes to be a hardboiled hero that isn’t afraid to use…

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    The Maltese Falcon is the first movie directed by John Huston who in his illustrious career was nominated for 15 Oscars. The beauty of the film is that there is not a single waste line nor a single waste shot nor a single waste performance. Everything is so perfect & each character is very well developed. I felt Huston has filtered the movie like water, over & over, until it became so perfect. The performances in the movie were of the highest order. Brigid O'Shaughnessy is not your typical…

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