The Treasure of The Sierra Madre
I haven't posted in 2018 until now because the year has started at a frantic pace. It is all I can do to keep up. However, tonight, I took three hours to myself to go see TCM's presentation on the big screen of The Treasure of The Sierra Madre.
Seeing this movie turned into an adventure in its own right. A snow/ice storm came in on my way there. In Georgia people treat the forecast of half-inch of snow like it was a Noreaster. Consequently, when I arrived, only about a dozen people were in the 20+ cinema complex. I was informed that the concession had closed before the 7 p.m showing. The lone guy in the ticket window wasn't going to let me sneak a soda in but I made him ask the manager who consented to this one time exception. How nice, I guess.
This is what it looked like in my theatre.
Basically, I had a private showing. One other person joined me just as it started. Still, I had to get someone to turn down the lights as they forgot to do so. But once they did, it was awesome to see this movie.
John Huston is one of my all-time screenwriters/directors. And he won 2 Oscars, for both those categories with this film. He also directed his father, Walter Huston in this production. Walter Huston won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. And it was deserved.
Besides, the two Huston's, Humphrey Bogart has a lead in which he portrays Fred C. Dobbs, a down on his luck worker, turned prospector, who eventually lets paranoia get the best of him, leading to his own demise. It is an evil Bogart in the end that will surprise many fans and ranks as one of his best performances.
Tim Holt plays the third prospector in this tale of greed run amok. Unlike Dobbs, he finds a redeeming quality inside himself and barely escapes with his life. There are also cameo's by John Huston and a young boy named Robert Blake. Yes, that Robert Blake.
The story is based on the book by B. Traven, who I want to read more about. TCM spoke a little about him after the movie. They said he used several pen names, and guarded his true identity so much that he used an alias to work with Huston on the film. He showed up, introduced as Traven's assistant. And though the crew caught on eventually, it wasn't until years later that Traven's wife admitted it had been Traven all along on the set.
This was a great Tuesday escape for me. Seeing this movie on the big screen was a rare chance to enjoy the classic in its original format. For those of you who haven't seen it, well, the DVD is out there or you can rent it and stream it at home. I recommend you do so. 5/5 on the rating scale.