The eighth year of the Motion Picture Archive Film Series at Brigham Young University will open with “The Maltese Falcon” on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium. The films are drawn from the Motion Picture Archive in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Children ages 8 and over are welcome. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium.
A lecture by James D’Arc, curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive, will precede the showing.
This movie adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel featuring hard-boiled detective Sam Spade propelled a Warner Bros. contract player named Humphrey Bogart to stardom. The first-time direction and script by John Huston made “The Maltese Falcon” a surprise hit and one of the first films that French film critics would later classify as “film noir.”
The next film in the series is “Johnny Belinda”, to be shown Friday, Feb. 23. The film series is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library and Dennis & Linda Gibson.
A full season schedule is available online at sc.lib.byu.edu.