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The Maltese Falcon is among the most important and influential movies to emerge from the Hollywood system -- as significant in some ways as its contemporary, Citizen Kane.
Among the movies we not only love but treasure, The Maltese Falcon stands as a great divide.
Frighteningly good evidence that the British (Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, et al.) have no monopoly on the technique of making mystery films.
Filmed almost entirely in interiors, it presents a claustrophobic world animated by betrayal, perversion and pain.
The New Republic:
The Maltese Falcon is the first crime melodrama with finish, speed and bang to come along in what seems ages.
This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form.