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Things I knew about The Maltese Falcon before watching it:
- It is a classic example of the MacGuffin
- It is film noir, whatever that means
What that apparently means is that Humphrey Bogart is smarmy and annoying, there’s a woman in a lot of trouble, and several people get killed. Also, it’s in black and white. But plenty of other movies I’ve seen from this time period have also been in black and white, so that isn’t as notable.