A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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.
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…
Wildly entertaining, at least for its first half, but then Bogart gets taken over by the green-eyed monster and becomes a half-crazed, half-as-interesting version of his former self. For all of the film's literal hand-wringing, does it have anything of interest to say about our avaricious desires? Maybe not, but it buzzes along, so content just to observe its initially well-drawn characters as they move through a somewhat sketchily drawn foreign country, that it builds up a lot of goodwill. Walter Huston is superb, of course.
Terrific tale of friendship, adventure, goldfever, loyalty and treason.
One of Bogart's best perfomances. Walter Huston and Tim Holt are also very good.
Grandioser Film über die Frage, ob Geld den Charakter verdirbt.
Der Film geht mit seinen Figuren konsequent und rigeros um, was mich persönlich sehr überrascht hat.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is the finest film ever made about greed, except for, of course Greed(1924). It is also one of the best classic Hollywood movies of the 40's. It so assured in its pacing and direction that you are positively gripped from beginning to end. A very fine example indeed of the "Old Hollywood Style".
No one would argue if you called Humphrey Bogart one of, if not the Greatest Actor of the era, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is him at the height of his abilities. A man of such soulful eyes, who's face tells such a story all on its own, brings an unexpected physicality to this character. Tearing at the seams…
Stellar work. Humphrey Bogart acts and does it splendindly while John Huston injects his own misanthropic energy into the thing to give the film a cynicism way ahead of its' time. A masterful study of greed and personal corruption.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What can I say about this classic that has already not been penned down by folks. This is a classic in the "classic" sense - its about men thrown together in wilderness and how survive (or dont survive) it.
The film (probably the novel also) does have a pretty uni-dimensional take on things Esp. the lack of women or the natives shown as either savages or gullible tribal people seems to indicate a lack of depth.
However the movie is not a study about society or environment - it is a study about the human condition , so all things are forgiven atleast by me :)
Cracking old timer Western. Jumps along at a pretty pace and the plot whilst simple, remains interesting. Some good characters in the film and some ridiculous laughing scenes to keep you entertained. All round quality.
good action/adventure yarn
I absolutely love this film. It’s a fantastic morality tale, a great character piece, an brilliantly unconventional western, an utter classic. There are a few little problems and aged elements - occasionally awkward pacing, a score that frustrates and overcrowds at times, and a few lines of dialogue a bit too blunt - but overall the film remains as great of an experience as it’s ever been. There’s nothing I can say about this film that hasn’t already been better articulated by others. It’s fantastic.
I give it four and a half peaches, and a hunk of hold.
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