Thursday, September 30, 7PM.
THE BIG SLEEP (1946)
Directed by Howard Hawks
Screenplay by William Faulkner
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall
Preceded by an assortment of cartoons, shorts and trailers. Stuff you’ve likely never seen!
The second film in our Classics From The Vault lineup directed by Howard Hawks, The Big Sleep stars Humphrey Bogart as hard-nosed private investigator Philip Marlowe. Called on to the mansion of a wealthy client and tasked to investigate his daughters gambling debts, Marlowe soon realizes that not all is as it seems, leading to a convoluted, shadowy plot courtesy of novelist Raymond Chandler and screenwriter William Faulkner. The film also stars sultry Lauren Bacall, who shared intense chemistry with her leading man, who was also her husband off screen. One of the best film noir ever made.
9:15PM: THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
Directed by John Huston
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet
Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That’s for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn’t like Miles much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wanderly, walks into their office; and by that night everything’s changed. Miles is dead. And so is a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems Miss Wanderly is surrounded by dangerous men. There’s Joel Cairo, who uses gardenia-scented calling cards. There’s Kasper Gutman, with his enormous girth and feigned civility. Her only hope of protection comes from Sam, who is suspected by the police of one or the other murder. More murders are yet to come, and it will all be because of these dangerous men — and their lust for a statuette of a bird: the Maltese Falcon. –IMDB
Each screening $7 for members, $10 for non-members.
Classics from the Vault is brought to you by the fine fellas at the Fox Theatre and SilentToronto.com!