John Huston’s THE TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE is a masterpiece of filmmaking. It remains one of the most astute commentaries of greed and distrust captured in the medium, even after 60 years. There is a profound absence of law on the mountain that allows the wounds of distrust to fester. Walter Huston plays Howard, the seasoned prospector who guides the group but never leads, or so ho would have the others think. Tim Holt is Bob Curtin, friend of Humphrey Bogart’s Fred C. Dobbs. The character of Curtin serves to offer a counterpoint to the violent Dobbs. Bogart once said to a film critic of playing Fred C. Dobbs “I play the worst shit you ever saw.” True, but what a ride.
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