Fathom brings the 75th anniv Maltese Falcon back to the theater
February 2016 – In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Fathom Events was showing the restored and remastered version of the “definitive film noir” classic The Maltese Falcon (1941). The celebratory version was created by Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Entertainment for Fathom Events and includes specially produced commentary from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.
The remastered version had a clear bright image, and spectacular sound. This allowed the full effect of the iconic lighting, and dialog to be heard without straining and allowing for a pure entertainment experience. The presentation brought the film, which was nominated for three Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Best Screenplay (Huston) to be seen for the first time like it originally debuted and launched Humphrey Bogart to stardom and launched John Huston’s directorial career.
The film featured an all-star cast including Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr. who join Bogart in this detective mystery masterwork, written for the screen from Dashiell Hammett’s novel as an original screenplay by director John Huston.
The theater was well attended for a Sunday matinee (2pm) show. The audience of over 60 people was expectedly the over 50 crowd who had only experienced the movie on the small screen of the television. Many brought their children to enjoy the film in its original aspect ratio and in a large group of enthusiastic viewer. It was a positive experience for all, and even drew a smattering of applause at the end.