The Maltese Falcon Conclusion - 3/22/2007
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
~ Linus Pauling
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
The stuff that dreams are made of.
~ Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon"
If you have not seen The Maltese Falcon, stop reading and
go rent it. You will not be sorry.
So, what is The Maltese Falcon about?
I used to think it was a detective story with Sam Spade and
his adventure with a gang of treasure hunters looking for
the Maltese Falcon.
But now I think, the business about the Maltese Falcon
is a smokescreen to disguise the real story.
The real story is a murder mystery: who killed Miles Archer?
The beginning of the movie Miles Archer is murdered and Sam Spade
tells you right away he is out to find the murderer of his partner.
The long, middle part of the movie is a big distraction,
sucking you into the story of the Maltese Falcon, throwing you
off the track, like in a good Agatha Christie mystery.
In the last scene of the movie, Sam Spade catches the murderer
and tells you he was out to find the killer the whole time.
Watching the movie again, you can see the little nuances that
at first, led you into the fog of the Maltese Falcon story,
now, in a new light let you see that Sam Spade never waivers
from his intent to track down the killer.
It reminds me of my Argentine Tango dancing. I think what all the
teachers are telling me is probably simple and straight forward,
but I cannot do it because I am too distracted by making things
harder than they are.