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Screen: Special Showings

The Maltese Falcon and Out of the Past

When: Fri., June 5 2015


CAROLINA THEATRE—"Is there a way to win?" "There's a way to lose more slowly." This pair of definitive crime noir films is filled with shadowy streets, tough guys and tougher dames. First is 1941's The Maltese Falcon, John Huston's adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's classic hardboiled novel about private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart, in the part that made him an icon), who finds himself with a dead partner and a gaggle of oddballs after "the stuff that dreams are made of." Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet are two conniving sorts who make a meal of the scenery ("I'll tell you right out, I'm a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk"). It's followed by 1947's Out of the Past, with Robert Mitchum playing another private eye—this one hired by a gangster to track down the woman (Jane Greer) who shot him and stole his money. Of course, Mitchum doesn't count on falling for her himself. You might find yourself at risk of secondhand smoke from all the tobacco consumed onscreen, as this is perhaps the smoking-est film ever. It was remade in 1984 as Against All Odds, with Jeff Bridges, but aside from the karaoke-worthy title song by Phil Collins, you're better off with this double-feature. These are stories with atmosphere and attitude that still pack a punch decades later. 7 p.m., $9, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, 919-560-3030, —Zack Smith

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