Just in the nick of time, the Reel San Francisco film festival is on hand to save her -- and any others who may share her Falcon-less situation. The fest is dedicated to movies set in San Francisco, and programmer Gary Meyer must have had a hell of a time narrowing it down to a mere month's worth of screenings, because this is a deep pool to choose from. But the selections he's made are brilliant, from the inclusion of several 1950s B-grade noirs to the self-explanatory Lenny Bruce: Performance Film to the underappreciated The Conversation, a 1970s thriller starring Gene Hackman and Shirley from TV's Laverne & Shirley. Beware: The latter contains scenes of unfettered mimes in Union Square.
Not only has Meyer thoughtfully included all the classic S.F. flicks that most folks know and love -- like Vertigo, Harold and Maude, and Bullitt (vroom, Steve McQueen, vroom!) -- but he's also done The Maltese Falcon one better. I'll be able to bring my friend to see the Bogie version and a pre-Code production of Hammett's novel, made in 1931 (aka Dangerous Female) with a Sam Spade who, according to Anita Monga's hilarious film notes on the theater's Web site, "beds every dame that crosses his path."