The June 14th Noir Nights film is John Huston’s 1941 adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s THE MALTESE FALCON! Bogie plays detective Sam Spade who is caught in a frantic search for the jeweled falcon of Malta and his partner’s killer. His pursuit leads him to a group of desperate individuals including Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet and a never creepier Peter Lorre, all who also want the bird for their own purposes.
Our July 12th Noir Nights features the recently restored Carol Reed masterpiece THE THIRD MAN starring Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard and Welles as Harry Lime!
Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives in a bombed-out, post-war Vienna at the invitation of his childhood friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles) only to find him dead. Martins develops the ultimate conspiracy theory after learning of a “third man” present at the time of Harry’s death, butting up against interference from British police officer Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), and falling head-over-heels for Harry’s grief-stricken lover Anna (Alida Valli).