Last night’s sceening of the John Huston classic The Maltese Falcon marked the return of the Library’s Cinema 11 film series, curated by Peter Niehoff. I was lucky to sit next to Nemo, who pointed out that the guy who staggers into the Spade’s office clutching a package was played by Huston’s father, Walter Huston. Had Nemo not arrested me mid-blink with this tidbit, I would have missed his entire performance.
Next up is Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity on March 20 at 7:00 p.m. Wikipedia calls it the “paradigmatic film noir,” and for once they may be right. Seating is comfy, but limited, so please reserve your spot ASAP. As always, you will be given the opportunity to purchase exorbitantly priced movie snacks, although anyone caught chucking Junior Mints at Edward G. Robinson’s character will be asked to leave, or at least asked to stop wasting delicious Junior Mints. Chuck them at a librarian instead.
If you can’t make it on the 20th, we’ll be showing The Big Sleep on March 27th.
-Norm De Plume