Friday, August 1, 2008

The Maltese Falcon, Breathless

As you already know, Government Clothing (aka Dadabase) is making the limited edition of exclusive T-shirts for LARK, and we've got some great designs available at the store already.
Today, I'd like to talk about the hidden connections with these 2 designs below, because it definitely makes it more interesting wearing these T-shirts if you know this.....

In 1539, the Knight Templars of Malta, paid tribute to Charles V of Spain by sending him a Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels. But pirates seized the boat carrying the Maltese Falcon whose faith remains a mystery to this day. The Maltese Falcon is also the title for 1930 detective novel by Dashiell Hammett and several screen adaptations of the story. The most famous of them is the 1941 film written and directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade and Mary Astor as his femme fatale client. In the story, Sam Spade, a private detective, get involved in a murderous hunt for the valuable statuette of Maltese Falcon.
The stuff that dreams are made out of.............

Image:MalteseFalcon1930.jpgImage:TheMalteseFalcon3 sz175.jpgEgyptian basalt statue of Horus
(Above: Egyptian basalt statue of the falcon Horus, Late Period, Dynasty XXX, 380-343 B.C.)
Our little Lark birdie is honored to represent the T-shirts this time. 

Godard's first feature-length film is one of the inaugural and best-known films of the French New Wave. He wrote it with fellow New Wave director, Francois Truffaut, and released it the year after Truffaut's The 400 Blows and Alain Resnais's Hiroshima, Mon Amour. Breathless shocked contemporary audience with its bold visual style and editing, much of which broke the rules of classical Hollywood cinema. Most notable of its innovations were jolting jump cuts, the hand-held camera. Breathless makes numerous references to films. Michel's constant lip-rubbing is a direct homage to Humphrey Bogart. Bogart is referenced again when Patricia hides from a detective in the movie theatre: audio from The Maltese Falcon can be heard in the background. 

a bout le souffleBreathless (A Bout De Souffle) - France 1959: New Wave Noir

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