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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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17 September 1982 (USA)  »

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Investigación en el Barrio Chino  »

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According to the 'Virgin Film Guide' (VFG), "In between Hammett (1982) production delays, [director Wim] Wenders made the low-budget black-and-white "The State of Things" [The State of Things (1982)], a film about the difficulties of filmmaking and the elusiveness of an American film producer". Hammett (1982)'s production is known to have had difficulties and the relationship between Wenders and producer Coppola problematic. "Rating the Movies"'s review of the film talked of "Wender's fight with producer Francis Coppola". See more »

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Hammett: Don't be a simp'; you don't think they're going to let you waltz, do you?... You're going up against one hundred, two hundred, three hundred million dollars. You're going up against the powerhouse, angel - the big steam.
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Spirit & Letter the True Detective
14 March 2002 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

'Hammett' is an excellent case of Zoetrope Studios, utilizing Coppola's unusual electronic-soundstage method of production (which would be further refined in his seldom-seen 'One From the Heart,' also with Frederick Forrest). In certain respects the film is like Paul Schrader's 'Mishima,' also based on a literary figure, with a seamless interweaving with the author's fictional characters along with thw writer's real life. Watch 'Hammett' and try to sort out the various strains that pop up in different films based on his work, notably the 'Maltese Falcon.' Elijah Cooke is one of the stars of the 1982 Wenders film. Don't forget the music, the soundstage decor with the recreation of late 1920's San Francisco, and the general mood that makes 'Hammett' a worthy entry to anyone list of must-see noir films.


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