The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

John Huston’s 1948 classic of avarice, starring Humphrey Bogart & Walter Huston!

NR, 126 minutes

A decisive portrait of avarice and a bona fide American classic, John Huston’s adaptation of B. Traven’s 1927 novel earned him Oscars as both writer & director. Two down-and-out Americans (Humphrey Bogart & Tim Holt) team up with an aged but wily prospector (Walter Huston) to mine for gold in Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains. Discovering the treasure brings out latent greed and suspicion, especially in Bogart’s paranoid and unsympathetically portrayed Fred C. Dobbs. John rated his father’s turn as the finest acting in any of his films, and indeed the character has taken on iconic dimensions. (1948, John Huston, US, 126 min, NR, DCP)

“ … remains one of the most insightful films ever made about greed and the thorny effects of temptation on human nature.” -Slant

“The camera is always where it ought to be, never imposes on or exploits or over-dramatizes its subject, never for an instant shoves beauty or special meaning at you. This is one of the most visually alive and beautiful movies I have ever seen; there is a wonderful flow of fresh air, light, vigor, and liberty through every shot, and a fine athlete’s litheness and absolute control and flexibility in every succession and series of shots.” -James Agee, The Nation (1948 review!)

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