THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

When a man's partner hasn't seen The Maltese Falcon, he's supposed to do something about it.

On this episode, Nakea and Michael spend a few minutes talking about the recently announced Academy Award nominations, before settling down to watch John Huston's seminal film noir, starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet, and Elijah Cook, Jr. (Could it possibly be that we've found a movie The Unenthusiastic Critic is actually enthusiastic about?)

0:00–0:12: Prologue (from The Maltese Falcon)
0:12–0:39: Intro and Theme Music (Arne Huseby's "Warm Duck Shuffle")
0:39–25:12: Discussion of the Academy Award Nominations
25:12–26:00: Excerpts from trailer for The Maltese Falcon
26:00–38:56: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion of The Maltese Falcon
38:56–40:05: Interlude (from The Maltese Falcon)
40:05–1:18:55: The Verdict (Post-Viewing Discussion of The Maltese Falcon)
1:18:55–1:20:24: Outro and Next Week's Movie
1:20:24–1:21:11: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Film discussed: The Maltese Falcon, directed by John Huston, Warner Bros, 1941.
— From the Corrections Department: While Alyssa Rosenberg has also written about the racist cop in Three Billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri (here), the piece in the New York Times Michael refers to is actually by Wesley Morris (here.) We apologize for the error.
—Roger Ebert's "A Guide to Film Noir Genre" on rogerebert.com.
—Usually, we put some of Nakea's snarky mid-viewing comments over the theme music. Alas, this week Nakea was actually engrossed in the film and didn't make any snarky comments. Rest assured, she is suitably embarrassed.
—Listen to additional episodes and read The Unenthusiastic Critic in prose form at unaffiliatedcritic.com.
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—"Warm Duck Shuffle" by Arne Huseby is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

The Unaffiliated Critic

Michael G. McDunnah is a freelance writer, a recovering lit major, a pop-culture junkie, and an unaffiliated critic. He lives in Chicago.

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