The Maltese Falcon and the Dark Politics of Film Noir: A Film for Our Times

Date: 13 November 2023, 4.00 PM Venue: Lónyay-Hatvany Villa - 1. Csónak str., 1015 Budapest

Between 1939-1945 five film noirs were made in Hollywood and only afterward reached France, where they were screened in the summer of 1946 and became deeply influential on new wave directors. The Maltese Falcon was the first, followed by The Woman in the Window.

Our program series begins with a discussion of  The Maltese Falcon.  Through his lecture, Dr. Paul du Quenoy will set the film in context, with a discussion of the moral and political understanding promulgated in the noir genre.  This will be followed by the showing of the film.


  • Dr Paul du Quenoy - President and Publisher of Academica Press and President of the Palm Beach Freedom Institute
  • Dr David Martin Jones – Director of Research, Danube Institute
  • John O’Sullivan – President, Danube Institute
  • Katherine Brodsky – a Visiting Fellow at the Danube Institute and writer/Blogger


4.00-5.00 Discussion
5.00-7.00 Film screening


Date: 13 November 2023, 4.00 PM
Venue: Lónyay-Hatvany Villa - 1. Csónak str., 1015 Budapest

Participation in the event is free, but registration is required, which can be done by email at events@danubeinstitute.hu or by clicking on the R.S.V.P. button:

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