“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.
“I think I’ll go to sleep and dream about piles of gold getting bigger and bigger and bigger.”
When it comes to all time classic movies, you have the ones everyone knows about. Even if you’ve never seen Citizen Cane, or The Wizard of Oz, or Gone With the Wind. Even if you have no intention of ever seeing them, you know they exist and probably know one or two things about the cast, or plot, or have some inkling about why it’s a classic. Then, just below that surface, are the classics that movie nerds and snobs seem to love.
I’d never heard of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre until a few years ago when I watched it for a uni assignment. But ever since then, I see the title pop constantly in best of lists, and more often, when great directors and actors are talking the movies that inspired them. I’ve watched it annually since that discovery a few years ago, and each time, all I can think of is, why isn’t The Treasure of the Sierra Madre a public knowledge classic like Citizen Cane, or The Wizard of Oz, or Gone With the Wind. (more…)