Thursday, July 22, 2010

John Huston: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre



















Starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston and Tim Holt, John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) adapts to the big screen B. Traven's novel, Der Schatz der Sierra Madre (1927) / The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1935).

Set in Mexico during the mid-1920s in the rough wake of the Mexican Revolution, three Americans seek to break out of exile and poverty by striking gold in dangerous mountain country. The film begins in Tampico, with two of the dudes catching a job at a nearby oilfield, working on a derrick. Yes, even then oil was a coveted and exploited resource. After their oil work fails, off for gold in them thar hills. In the backdrop, Mexican bandits (holdovers from the Revolution?) and federales, town folk and rural Indians, campfires, guns, trains and burros.



















As for the B. Travens the German novelist, even now no one seems quite sure of his "real" identity.

This was the first movie I ever saw on TV; must have been four years old, with my Mom and friends (maybe relatives) sitting around gabbing. I remember Bogart, the grit and wildness of the story; though in my memory, his character is stuck on the end of the bridge, dying. This is not quite how it plays out. There is a tunnel cave-in, but no bridge scene such as I remembered -- maybe it's another Bogart movie blending in the memory banks?

Today's Rune: Wholeness.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

知道他有了外遇
面對他的低聲下氣妳冷嘲熱諷、無理取鬧
妳瘋狂似的大吵大鬧
甚至到他的公司去亂、向他的親友抱怨、向鄰居們哭訴…
妳把他的外遇鬧的人盡皆知
最後,妳把他的愧疚消耗殆盡…
最後,妳把他想要回頭的念頭打消…
最後,妳自己把他推向外遇的第三者身邊…

Anonymous said...

就像許多外遇故事一樣
男人有了外遇想要離婚,但是女人死不放手
所以他藉故發揮、所以她不甘示弱
他總是說這樣不可理喻的女人俗不可耐才讓他想要離婚
她總是說這樣背棄婚姻的男人她絕對不會離婚讓他們好過

記憶中我從沒有過快樂的童年、幸福的家庭
父親在家的時候總是爭執不斷
父親離家的時候母親總是數落不斷

我總是想,為什麼不離婚
這樣的婚姻意義何在?

母親認為離婚就是輸了
但是她不知道,自己身陷在漩渦中無法掙脫...

Johnny Rojo said...

My son and I watched "Blazing Saddles," and I had to explain to him where the "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges" line originally came from.

Finally saw "Treasure" in the mid eighties, while finishing my Master's work. I was shocked seeing Bogart die-- it was like seeing John Wayne die in "The Sands of Iwo Jima" or "The Cowboys."