Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A New Favorite Old Movie

Over the weekend I watched "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart. This 1948 film may fall into the Western genre because of it's Mexican setting and frequent gunplay. Nonetheless, it is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in history (the American Film Institute ranked it #30 on their list of the best films). The 1949 Academy Awards saw "Treasure of Sierra Madre" take home three Oscars (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, and Best Writing in a Screenplay). Beyond the traditional western motif, Bogart and co. offer a compelling look at the effect of greed on the psyche and behavior of humans. It only took one sitting for this to become one of my favorite films. Check it out.

- Joel

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