Treasure of the Sierra Madre

[Screenshot]THis is another one of those films everyone told me was fantastic and out-of-the-standard-mold, like The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. It’s a good one, and definitely not within the western genre it more-or-less inhabits. It’s heavier on theme and characterization, and lighter on action, and it’s much more solid therefor. Good acting helps: Huston and Bogart give creditable, believable performances; Holt is a bit colorless but suffices. The themes of trust and betrayal are laid on a bit thick, but it works out OK with the cast. A bit less foreshadowing might not have hurt though.

All in all, a good film, standign on the strength primarily of its script and acting. On technical details it’s good too, with competent cinematography and really quite excellent panoramic shots of the Sierra Madres. The one detail I haven’t touched on which a writeup wouldn’t be complete without is the oft-quoted (and oft-misquoted) line about badges, which, honestly, does not have that much to do with the film in the final analysis, so I’m at a loss to explain its ubiquity.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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