Peter Lorre, John Huston, and Humphrey Bogart on the set of The Maltese Falcon.
“I have great admiration for Fellini and Bergman, who create their own films. But I’m eclectic. I like doing one thing very different from another. I don’t even recognize a style in my work. If there is a style, it’s to adapt myself to the material consistently, and as it changes in each film, so does the style. I see each picture I make as being totally different from any other.”
John Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987)
If you had to stand or fall on just one of your films, which one would it be?
John Huston: I can’t name just one. I realize that the honors falling on me now are for the cumulative weight of my work. But I especially like The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Man Who Would Be King, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Fat City, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. And I like moments in all my work, whatever the reason I made the picture, including some that I don’t like on the whole. I always shot each scene as if it was the most important scene in the picture and shot every picture as though it was the most important one I ever made.
Polish poster for John Huston’s Moulin Rouge. Art by Lucjan Jagodzinski.
John Huston and Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold.
Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
Lionel Barrymore, Lauren Bacall, John Huston, and Humphrey Bogart taking a break during the filming Key Largo.
German poster for The Maltese Falcon. Designed by the genius Hans Hillmann.
The Maltese Falcon // dir. John Huston