Date(s) - 09/28/2018
The Varsity Center
PHOTO COURTESY WARNER BROS.
‘The Maltese Falcon’ won three Academy Awards in 1942: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (John Huston) and Best Support Actor (Sydney Greenstreet). Starring in the film are (from left) Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor and Greenstreet. The classic plays at The Varsity on Sept. 28.
CARBONDALE – “In 1539, the Knights Templar of Malta paid tribute to Charles V of Spain by sending him a golden falcon statuette encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels, but pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token, and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day.” And, so opens one of the classiest classic films of all time.
The words appear at the beginning of “The Maltese Falcon” as the 1941 film opens. John Huston’s directorial debut starred Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.
“The Maltese Falcon” was written and directed by Huston. The story is based on Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 novel of the same name. It follows a San Francisco private detective (Bogart) and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain the jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.
It premiered on Oct. 3, 1941, in New York City, and Variety quickly called it one of the best examples of suspenseful melodramatic storytelling in cinematic form. It’s also on the list of Roger Ebert’s Great Movies series.
The Varsity will show “The Maltese Falcon” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $7 or $5 for students. They are available in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Tickets also will be available at the venue when doors and the bar open at 6:30 p.m. The Varsity Bar features beer, wine, select cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and popcorn.
Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a9YU1SVbSE to watch the official movie trailer.
The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. Keep up with upcoming events at www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.