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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.
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…
Bogey can play the biggest asshole in the world and I still love him.
Any poor soul who thinks Bogie has no range must see this film immediately.
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.
A movie about greed. I knew that up front, but it's still weird to use a character early on and recite the whole theme of the rest of the movie. Not the only time the narrative feels kind of chunky. I'm not really a fan of Bogart and his nasal voice. In fact, Huston and Holt play their roles much more natural. All in all not a very smooth ride for me, this classic, but is has a sense of adventure to it that keeps it going till the end. The scene with Cody in the shop is the best and the one with Howard relaxing with the indios is the funniest.
Having one iconic character is good enough, but two? And six years prior, Tim Holt was George in. The. Magnificent Ambersons. Damn.
Part 13 of my 12 Directors x 2 Unseen Films thingamajig.
The corruption of a person by greed is sometimes a haunting transformation to witness. Yet, Bogart's devolution in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre isn't, mostly because it never feels natural. Instead, it occurs almost out of obligation by the screenwriter. The pacing of his mental collapse is carefully measured out, and too calculated to be truly granular. When it comes down to it, I don't feel the film communicates why exactly someone who previously had to beg for each meal is suddenly so unsatisfied with his healthy share, why he continues distrusting his partners after they save his life not once, but twice, and why he starts to…
Bogart is great in all the different modes he plays here, but the transitions between them feel so clumsy. Other than that, this is a first rate adventure story. A-
At the moment, I don't have anything fresh to say about this absolute classic. I'll have to think of something for my review on flickersintime.com!
One of the better action/adventure films of the 40's
It's hard to take a film away from Humphrey Bogart, but man I think Walter Huston does it. I forgot how astonishingly good he is -- and directed by his son to boot.
Expanded my feelings on what the genre can offer. My favorite Bogart performance I've seen. Its thematic depth is perhaps not the most exciting, but the emotional treatment and pacing of its content is stellar.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A classic tale of greed and folly and how gold can change a man's soul.
Walter Huston's Old Timer character is one of my favorites.
Beautiful black and white cinematography.
Iconic lines like "we don't need no stinking badges".
One of the directorial choices I admire is the use of the Spanish language without subtitles.
I wanted to give this a rewatch after my recent catch up with There Will Be Blood.
I have the double DVD with a slew of bonuses, and I plan to dig into those. The Making Of documentary looks awesome.