A great thing about memory loss (whether or not it is from early onset Alzheimer’s , stress, parenting overwhelm or lead-exposure) is that you can watch a movie you have seen before and you have no idea how it ends so you get to experience the thrill and excitement anew! That’s how it was for me tonight watching the Maltese Falcon!
Here’s a re-written summary based on my new perspective (that of a mama of lead-poisoned kiddos) watching this film:
The Maltese Falcon is the story of 5 people chasing after a 47 lb hunk of lead. In the end the hunk of lead gets 3 others murdered and 4 of the original five end up in jail.
See…. lead is bad!
To note: because the movie is such an important part of our culture and history – one of the hunks of lead featured in the film later sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. ($398,000 in 1994.) A second of the two privately owned versions of this hunk of lead sold for $4,000,000 in 2013. I guess someone DID figure out how to turn lead into gold afterall!
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