I am Edie Sedgwick and this is my little corner of the web.
A room of my own where I gather my thoughts and explore my aesthetic.

I watched The Maltese Falcon (1941) on Turner Classic Movies last night. Turner Classic Movies is an appropriate channel for The Maltese Falcon, since the famed John Huston film is ranked #23 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Best American Movies” list and oozes class.

Film noir—of which The Maltese Falcon is a prime example—is often called existential. Yet, Humphrey Bogart’s Sam Spade transcends mere Sisyphean struggle. “I won’t play the sap for you,” he snaps as he turns in his lover Brigid O’Shaughnessy (played by Mary Astor) a murderess. Though Spade is a cynic, he cannot betray his bourgeois sense of honor. Were he a true existentialist, Spade would take the rap and, like Ruben “Hurricane” Carter or Judith Miller, report dutifully to prison and suffer in silence.

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