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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

98. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

This is the first of several films on my list that are starring my favorite actor of all time, Humphrey Bogart. This film features one of his strongest and most difficult performances.

Bogart plays the character of Fred C. Dobbs, who tries to find wealth and happiness in the Sierra Madre Mountains, where he mines for gold together with his friend Bob Curtin and another old, but experienced prospector.

John Huston is one of the first filmmakers who insisted on filming on location (another example of that is The African Queen) and this is the reason why this film works so well. Because of the great performances (especially from Bogart) and because of the realistic environments, this film truly transports its viewers to the Sierra Madre Mountains and makes them part of the characters' quest for gold. There is constant suspense between the characters and their environment and because of the intensity of the whole film experience we are all the more devastated and involved with what happens at the end.

A haunting piece of cinema that truly knows how to make an audience 'experience' what's on the screen. Pure cinema at its best.