Recognized as the innovator of the hard-boiled detective novel, Dashiell Hammett succeeded in elevating the pulp genre to the level of fine literature. Drawing on his experiences for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, he wrote such influential novels as Red Harvest, The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man all of which were adapted into major motion pictures. But at the hieght of his powers, this loose-living writer fell victim to excesses and saw his writing abilities diminish.
American Masters: Dashiell Hammett. Detective. Writer. effectively tells the story of a man who travelled from the gritty American underworld to the pinnacle of literary society and the glamour of Hollywood only to watch it all escape his grasp. Using archival and newsreel footage as well as scenes from film adaptations of Hammett's novels, this documentary presents a comprehensive look at the famed novelest as he wrote, without illusions or sentimentality.
Color / B&W, Approx. 56 minutes. Documentary, Not Rated. Narrated by: Kathleen Turner.
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First Published: 1999
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