Thursday, August 27, 2009

alphonse bedoya

before playing the unforgettable role as the bandit in 'the treasure of the sierra madre' who spoke the words,' i don't need to show you no stinking badges', actor alphonse had made 100 mexican films. he grew up in a sonoran village and was the youngest of 20 children. incredible fortune fell to this man who it seems was not too different from the character he played in the film.

there is a point in the story when the gold obsessed and thirsty bogart plops down to put his lips to a muddy stream only to see alphonse reflected in the dirty water. it is one of the most deeply satisfying moments in cinema.

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