ABOUT

A documentary about the life and work of the author of “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man”. Hammett is considered one of America’s most influential writers and the dean of the hard-boiled detective novel. The film uses interviews, clips from films based on his books, and cinematic techniques (film within a film) to explore his writings.

“A fascinating look at a man whose career is both an inspiration and a cautionary tale.”
— Robert J. McNamara

YEAR:
1999

CREDITS:

An Alternate Current Production in association with WNET
Written, Directed & Edited by
JOSHUA WALETZKY

Produced by
MARGARET SMILOW

co-Producer
LORI CHEATLE

Director of Photography:
KRAMER MORGANTHAU

With David Strathairn, Kathleen Turner, Josephine Hammett Marshall, Diane Johnson, Rick Layman, and Ring Lardner, Jr.