Monday, May 21, 2012

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a classic 1948 Western directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt and Bruce Bennett. Robert Blake was a child at the time and has a role as a Mexican boy selling lottery tickets. Ann Sheridan may or may not have a cameo. Max Steiner did the music. I'm not sure I had ever seen this film all the way through, just bits and pieces at a time on late-night tv. The Younger Son had never seen it. He had given this dvd to me a while back, and we watched it with The Husband a few nights ago. A good time was had by all.


DVD Talk says,
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a gritty and uncompromised story without a romantic angle. It has a fatalistic cynicism that Luis Buñuel might admire, a refusal to romanticize the world. It really doesn't play like a picture from the late forties, when even the darkest noir thriller hewed close to audience expectations. It's an original adventure filled with excitement, desperation, and hard choices made by men under pressure, and it's practically perfect.
Slant Magazine gives it 4 out of 5 stars and says it "remains one of the most insightful films ever made about greed and the thorny effects of temptation on human nature." Senses of Cinema describes it as "a two-dimensional, visual fable of human existence". Roger Ebert considers it a "great" film. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 100%.

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