The Maltese Falcon still the stuff of dreams

Just watched film noir classic The Maltese Falcon with Josiah. Still an excellent, face paced movie that keeps you in despite the lack of Avatar-like effects.

When Humphrey Bogart grimaces the line, “The stuff that dreams are made of” and stares longingly into the distance at the close of the movie, there is just a moment when we all look with him, and wonder.

Anyway, I’m still a sucker for a 1930s gangster movie. Must have been all that time watching movies while doing a Film Study major at UTS a million years ago…

Bogart’s line is a paraphrase of Shakespeare’s:

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on
; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 148-158

I wonder if Prospero grimaced?

Speaking of grimacing, The Sydney Festival  has created a few (grimaces that is) with its inclusion of Hamlet in German this month. Many are wondering what good is an English classic in a foreign language?

Given that this most quoted of plays is set in Denmark, perhaps German is closer to reality. In any case the amazing set, mesmerising acting of lead actor Lars Eidinger and direction of Thomas Ostermeier has led to these exuberant reviews:

‘Hamlet rages and blows across the stage, a Gollum on ecstasy, a mama’s boy, spoiled brat, an exploding nerd, who takes his feigned madness so far that it becomes his undoing.’ – Süddeutsche Zeitung

‘Startlingly and shockingly replete with the issues of the here and now… It is a tour de force.’ – British Theatre Guide

And if all else fails, according to the Sydney Festival website, there are subtitles…

If that all is all too much, settle for 12 seconds of Bogart and sit back and contemplate, what are dreams made of?


PS What is the collective noun for grimaces?

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