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Jan 17, 2020

This week, for Warners Bros. 1931: THE MALTESE FALCON (dir. Roy Del Ruth) and THE LAST FLIGHT (dir. William Dieterle). Warners is an early adopter of Dashiell Hammett, but is his least political novel a good fit for the most political studio, or not? And Dieterle, in his first English-language film, turns Warners into Paramount and tackles the Lost Generation, introducing themes that he'll continue to explore in his WWII films with Joseph Cotten. Then, in our Moviegoing section: we exchange thoughts on a couple of new movies about young women becoming artists that couldn't be more different, Greta Gerwig's LITTLE WOMEN and Joanna Hogg's THE SOUVENIR.


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:          The Maltese Falcon (dir. Roy Del Ruth)

0h 30m 47s:          The Last Flight (dir. William Dieterle)

0h 59m 19s:          Winter cinemagoing section: LITTLE WOMEN (2019; dir. Greta Gerwig); THE SOUVENIR (2019; dir. Joanna Hogg); VERTIGO (1958; dir. Alfred Hitchcock) and THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS (1954; dir. Kenji Mizoguchi)


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