14 March 2013

AFI's Top 100 Movies #30

I know I haven't really written about any of these movies that I've been watching but today this one really struck me, so I thought I'd share.

Today's selection: 

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre starring Humphrey Bogart.  

While this movie isn't really the greatest for current movie watchers because there are no explosions or anything typically considered "exciting" this movie really struck me.  
Humphrey Bogart is the villain...you read that right, the villain.  He's so good in this movie you literally forget that he is who he is and I think that's when you truly see the mark of a great actor.  When they cease to be them-self in a role.  So if you're tired of those run-of-the-mill classic Bogart movies...check out this film.   

The other thing I think is great about this movie is that the supporting actor (in my opinion) steals the show.  I absolutely love Walter Huston as the Prospector named Howard.  Huston is the father of the director, John Huston and the role was allegedly written with his father in mind.  Which makes sense because he's PERFECT.  It makes me wonder if he's where the Prospector from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" just because of some of the funny -isms he says.  I would recommend watching this movie just to watch Huston.  That Oscar for Best Supporting Actor was totally earned.  


The other thing that I thought was super interesting about this movie was things that were cut because of it being created in the 1940s.  Long story short, our villain (Bogart) is killed and while you know this in the current version of the film, the gruesome details are no longer seen in the official version.  Bogart's quote says it all in question "What's wrong with showing a guy getting his head cut off?"  

For more details and spoilers check out the IMDB page.  

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