Huston, who directed classics such as The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, The
African Queen and Asphalt Jungle, invited Hollywood royalty such as Humprey Bogart and Ursula Andress to the house while writers Jean-Paul Sartre and Arthur Miller were also guests.
Like Citizen Kane, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The
Godfather, Chinatown, and Wall Street, Anderson's brooding and violent epic takes aim at a ruthless and savage winner-take-all ethic buried deep in the American psyche.
Inspired by the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, the
piece evokes the struggle to uncover gold, using heavy percussion to represent the machinery used in these prospecting expeditions, with the shimmering of chimes creating a visual image of gold dust.