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Cited by Panorama du Film Noir Américain as the first major film noir, The Maltese Falcon stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Same Spade and Mary Astor as his femme fatale client. Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, in his film debut, co-star. Based on author Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 novel of the same name, the story follows a San Francisco private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette. Considered one of the greatest films of all time, The Maltese Falcon was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress to be included in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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"Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur" before the film!
Produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1951’s Strangers on a Train is a psychological thriller film noir starring Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, and Robert Walker. Based on author Patricia Highsmith’s novel of the same name, the film tells the story of two strangers who meet on a train, one of whom suggests that they "exchange" murders so that neither will be caught. Interestingly, Strangers on a Train received mixed reviews when it was released but is now regarded as one of Hitchcock's finest films.
Enjoy the Bugs Bunny short "The Case of the Missing Hare" before the film!
North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. The screenplay was by Ernest Lehman, who wanted to write "the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures."
North by Northwest is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization trying to prevent him from blocking their plan to smuggle microfilm out of the country, which contains government secrets. After its first screening, reviewers for The New Yorker and The New York Times immediately hailed it as a masterpiece of comedic, sophisticated self-parody.
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"Let's Get Moving" before the film!
Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous film, 1960’s Psycho, stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Martin Balsam. Perkins plays Norman Bates, caretaker of the Bates Hotel, where Leigh’s character Marion Crane, makes the unfortunate choice of staying the night.
The film’s infamous shower scene is one of the most iconic moments in movie history, and Psycho remains one of the most influential films of all time. Despite receiving mixed reviews when it was released, often due to its depictions of sexuality and violence that were shocking to audiences at the time, Psycho was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress in 1992 and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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Stooges short "Brideless Groom" before the film!
Directed by Billy Wilder and co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler (who has an uncredited cameo in the film), Double Indemnity is a 1944 American crime film noir based on James M. Cain's 1943 novel of the same name, which appeared as an eight-part serial for the Liberty magazine in February 1936.
The film stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who is accused of killing her husband, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find false claims.
Praised by many critics when first released, Double Indemnity is widely regarded as a classic and is cited as having set the standard for film noir. Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1992, Double Indemnity was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Please note: there is no short accompanying this presentation.