Mellifluous of voice and sardonic in tone, John Huston specialized in making cynical movies that exposed people’s vanity and avarice – with a touch of irreverent humor.
Failure was a recurring theme of Huston’s tales of greed and complicity in The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, The Asphalt Jungle and The African Queen. The latter film won his good friend Humphrey Bogart the Oscar for Best Actor.
Huston’s quintessential movie, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, was filmed in Michoacán, Mexico. It earned him two Oscars for Writing and Directing.
In 1961, The Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe, was released to good reviews but did mediocre business. Huston needed a solid hit to get his career back on track, and so when it was suggested that he direct the movie version of The Night of the Iguana, he gladly accepted.
The enormous success of the movie restored Huston’s commercial and critical reputation, and he continued directing a wide variety of films for two more decades.
John Huston’s film Treasure of the Sierra Madre