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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The nearer they get to their treasure, the farther they get from the law.
Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.
A masterwork of outstanding direction, terrific screenplay & brilliant performances, a highly fascinating but equally unsettling illustration of poverty, desperation, greed & its corrupting power, and still retaining all its potency despite being nearly 70 years old, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is one of American cinema's finest works that not only ranks amongst the best films of the 1940s but is one of the greatest movies ever made.
Based on the novel of the same name, the story of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is set in Mexico during the 1920s and follows two down-on-their-luck Americans who meet an old prospector and convince him to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Reluctant at first, the…
The longer Bogart stays on screen the darker his face becomes, the whites of his eyes and the pearls of his teeth the last trace of his dwindling humanity, fighting back the growing mistrust. His journey through the film shows a man who has waited a long time in life for this chance and he intends to make the most of it. Whatever the cost.
That sentiment becomes an overbearing presence in his mind, be it the foreman who tries to cheat him out of money, the wild bandits roaming the hills or the creeping paranoia that wedges itself between Hobb's and his co-workers. The more the trio of men scour the land, the more disturbed and insecure he becomes.…
One small step for man, one giant leap for Hollywood. A landmark turning point in the business, Madre was one of the very first to shoot almost entirely on location, resulting in an unheard of 6 months of shooting. The painstaking details have lived long, gracefully aging this story like the finest wine you've tasted. A classic that time has proven will live forever. Walter Huston's performance only turns your ideas of prospecting wild men completely upside down with spellbinding charm. The roots of Daniel Plainview seed their way back to Huston's face in this.
Nobody puts one over on Fred C. Dobbs.
Sometimes timing is everything. John Huston was trying to get this film into production as early as 1942 but all that was halted when he was activated by the U.S. Army as a documentary filmmaker. When he returned from the war, Humphrey Bogart had continued his rise in popularity that started with Huston's first film, The Maltese Falcon, and was one of Hollywood's biggest stars by this point. He now had final approval on the screenwriter and director of whatever films he would star in. Knowing what Huston had planned on making next, Bogey's decision was already made. It wasn't the first great collaboration between the two, and it wouldn't be…
Gee, look! Zack posted yet another five-starred review. Doesn't this guy have any other defining characteristics apart from blind worship and glowing admiration?
Deal with it.
Oh Lordy, how I love this movie. If you thought some of my other reviews were shameless in praise and hyperbole, you ain't seen nothin' yet!
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is the Jesus Christ of films.
...? What?! That's impossible! I've already made that ridiculous claim about another movie? Oh, well. This gives me a chance to come up with something more subtle and maybe a little less arrogant instead.
Here goes: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is more important to me than your life. I'd rather watch you die…
Ah, as long as there's no find, the noble brotherhood will last but when the piles of gold begin to grow... that's when the trouble starts.
Revisiting a few Bogart classics, I'm realizing his range as an actor. He could play a villain in more or less the same way that he could a hero by simply embedding his lines with a little more savagery and cynicism. For the first half of Sierra Madre, it doesn't seem settled whether he'll emerge a triumphantly wealthy hero or whether greed will get the best of him (although there's certainly plenty of foreshadowing to suggest the latter).
The film itself feels ruggedly adventurous even today, though I didn't find the ending entirely satisfying.
A quest for gold ends up being a failure that sets the stages for ambition to frustration which then leads to greed and then insanity. That's what makes up another John Huston classic in The Treasure of Sierra Madre.
The movie follows two Americans Dobbs and Curtain played by Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt. Down on their luck and feel as if they have been cheated out. When they meet old prospector Howard played by Walter Huston and after Dobbs wins a small jackpot they then set off to the Sierra Madre mountains after financing Dobbs winnings to journey in search of gold. They succeed at finding the gold but bandits, greed and insanity could result in failure.
La carrera de John Huston tiene algunas joyas interesantes y rarísimas como veremos en futuras reseñas. Se hizo mundialmente famoso por dirigir El Halcón Maltés el filme noir por excelencia y uno de los papeles más recordados de Humphrey Bogart. En 1948, Huston trabaja de nuevo con Bogart en un papel que lo hizo famoso pero en un rol completamente distinto, ajeno a los románticos hombres rudos pero rectos a lo Casablanca.
La historia, bastante lineal y afable, cuenta las travesías y andanzas de tres americanos encontrados por el azar en un pueblo mexicano para tentar a la fortuna e irse a la caza del oro en las montañas de Sierra Madre, por el camino sortean bandidos, indios, federales. La…
"This is worth ten months of suffering and labor, this joke is!"
This movie is *gold*
An excellent adventure picture and one of the great morality tale's of the cinema.
There Will Be Gold.
This was one of Kubrick's favourite films, proving that not only is he a genius filmmaker, he had great taste as well.
Yep, this one's as good as they say it is.
Pretty much everything about "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" is great but I love in particular how elegantly the whole film is constructed. Every story beat feels essential and organically leads into the next beat and every action is about testing the characters and showing who they really are when the going gets rough. The film makes its thesis known early on (greed corrupts and destroys alliances) and by the conclusion has proven it beautifully.
"The Treasure of the Sierra" is old-school movie making at its finest.
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