“The Maltese Falcon” Soars Again

Beverly Hills, CA (September 1, 2010) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present an encore screening of “The Maltese Falcon,” the 1941 Best Picture nominee that kicked off the Academy’s “Oscar® Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side” series, on Monday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

“Oscar Noir” was a summer-long festival of 15 film noir classics from the 1940s, all of which were nominated in writing categories. Contemporary screenwriters, including Lawrence Kasdan, Scott Frank, Callie Khouri and Phil Alden Robinson, introduced the films; “The Maltese Falcon” was one of several in the series that played to a sold-out crowd.

The third film version of Dashiell Hammett’s novel became iconic in the hands of writer-director John Huston, with Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre creating indelible portraits of film noir characters. “The Maltese Falcon” earned three Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture (Warner Bros.), Actor in a Supporting Role (Greenstreet) and Writing – Screenplay (Huston).

At 7 p.m. recap highlights featuring the 15 screenwriters who introduced films in the “Oscar Noir” series and the 1948 comedy short “So You Want to Be a Detective,” starring George O’Hanlon as Joe McDrakes, will be screened as part of the evening’s pre-feature program.

The screening will be open to all “Oscar Noir” series passholders, and a limited number of individual tickets will also be available beginning September 1. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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