Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Insert Beatles lyrics here.
The persistence of need is the motivation to the Treasure of the Sierra Madres. Throughout the film the link between material goods and happiness is brought up every time somebody looks over their shoulder in suspicion. The film co-stars Tim Holt as Curtin and Walter Huston as their experienced expedition guide. Brewing ideas of treasure hunts in the public housing that introduces the team to each other and connects them with their empty pockets, which are the same pockets that hinder them from setting out on they’re conquest. After Dobbs (Bogart) and Curtin fall victim to a deceitful business man’s scheme to get out of paying them for manual labor, they make the business man fall victim to their need of money. Taking only what they are owed, they still come up short of their needed budget until a pretty cheesey happening of Dobbs claiming a winning lottery ticket falls into place oh so well. With a traveling sequence that looks extremely similar to Gollum leading Sam and Frodo up Mount Doom, even down to the strange dancing, they begin to embody they’re greed in paranoid outbursts but none extreme as Dobbs. When asked what he plans to do with his share of the gold he can only think of material goods and experiences that might make him appear well of. They’re visited by others who need, bandits who need money because they don’t want to get day jobs and they encounter a fellow American, Cody, who very boldly imposes upon their prospects because he needs to provide for his family. The plot makes sense up until they battle the bandits and Cody gets killed. Old man Howard saves a young boy’s life and is kept in an Indian village to be thanked and treated highly. Dobbs attempts to murder Curtin. Bandits kill Dobbs and take possession of the gold and then for some reason proceed to cut open the bags of gold open and spread them into the sand. When Curtin and Howard reunite to learn that Dobbs is dead and their earnings from months of work has been sent back to the place where it came from, they laugh hysterically and go their separate ways to their places of happiness where they won’t be needing their riches. Such a good movie, the acting is sometimes exaggerated but at other times it created so much friction in the scene that you couldn’t help but start to feel nervous. The photography also seemed very clear apart from random shots that looked as if they had been zoomed in on too far and got grainy. The holes in Bogart’s hat bugged me. The bandits might have had the best scenes of the movie, so racist and hilarious.