From Hard-Boiled Mysteries to Film Noir to the World

Earlier this month, the St Louis Jewish Film Festival asked me to introduce the screening of Fire Birds, an Israeli murder mystery set in Tel Aviv (with English subtitles). To prepare my introductory remarks, I watched the film. Somewhere toward the middle of the movie, I had my epiphany. "Thank ...

Fire Birds: An Israeli Murder Mystery Film (June 7, 2016)

Murder mystery writer introduces murder mystery film to murder mystery fans at this year's St. Louis Jewish Film Festival. The writer is me. The film is Fire Birds. And if you're a fan of the noire mystery movie--a rich tradition that dates back to such classics as The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man while ...

The Perfect Ending: Hollywood v. the Novel, Part 3

And now for the third and final comparison of the closing scene in a major Hollywood movie with the closing scene in the novel on which it was based. Our focus today: The Maltese Falcon. The supposed last line of the movie version invariably makes those lists of Top Ten Greatest ...