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Hammett (1982)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  17 September 1982 (USA)
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The novel writter Dashiell Hammett is involved in the investigation of the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful chinese cabaret actress in San Francisco.

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The novel writter Dashiell Hammett is involved in the investigation of the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful chinese cabaret actress in San Francisco. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Investigación en el Barrio Chino  »

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Wim Wenders made a 17 minute short film called "Reverse Angle" [Reverse Angle: Ein Brief aus New York (1982)] which was partially about the making of this movie, the problems encountered and the alleged conflict he had with Francis Coppola. Wenders' website says of it: "In this segment, Wenders juxtaposes "New Wave" music, a neon lit Manhattan, the "Hammett (1982)" editing rooms, a session with Francis Ford Coppola, a book by Emmanuel Bove, and the paintings of Edward Hopper with his personal thoughts on the art of making movies in Europe and in America". See more »

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Hammett: I want two things. One, I want my story back, it's not much but its what I do. And two, I want to be left alone.
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Interesting, but read the book!
25 December 2003 | by (Denver) – See all my reviews

HAMMETT was one of the first books I read for pleasure back in college and I recall anxiously awaiting how it was going to be Zeotroped on screen... visually the movie reminded me of a large single set production (like 1937's DEAD END)... it's almost as if somebody like Bill Gates took a film class and decided to adapt the book as his final. Large plot chunks are missing from the book (notably a car chase and a baseball bat murder) but this movie was so unique (in those pre-Joel and Ethan Cohen days) that I remember it looking like a strange painting even after 20+ years. Forrest is a terrific under-rated actor and was a perfect choice for Dash. You won't be wasting your time checking HAMMETT out but the book has it beat. 8/10.


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