The opening shot sets the tone for what follows: a pair of duelling cockroaches attached to a string, tormented by a bored child. The famous sequence where the trucks reverse onto a shaky wooden platform remains uniquely terrifying. As the tension rises, the pressure tells on the protagonists. We learn that the film was actually shot in the Camargue region of south-west France, and that the huge boulder which blocks the road at one point took the crew several weeks to actually push into position. View previous newsletters.
The Wages of Fear - Criterion Collection
DVD Savant Blu-ray Review: The Wages of Fear
The Wages of Fear is undeniably one of the greatest films of all time. Henri-Georges Clouzot became something of a name director through this film, but the movie was chopped down in the editing process for the US release so many viewers did not get to see the fantastic original version it was edited because someone with the US distributor felt that it was anti-American. However, critics who saw it loved it. The basic plot: four men have to try to transport a shipment of highly explosive nitroglycerin across rough terrain without any steps being taken to make the unstable material safe.
The Wages of Fear (Dual Format Edition)
When an oil well owned by an American company catches fire, the company hires four European men, down on their luck, to drive two trucks over mountain dirt roads, loaded with nitroglycerine needed to extinguish the flames. In France, it was the fourth highest-grossing film of the year with a total of 6,, admissions. Surrounded by desert, the town is linked to the outside world only by an airstrip, but the airfare is beyond the means of the men. There is little opportunity for employment aside from the American corporation that dominates the town, Southern Oil Company SOC , which operates the nearby oil fields and owns a walled compound within the town. SOC is suspected of unethical practices such as exploiting local workers and taking the law into its own hands, but the townspeople's dependence upon it is such that they suffer in silence.
When the great French thriller "The Wages of Fear" was first released in America, it was missing parts of several early scenes -- because it was too long, the U. Now that the movie is available for the first time in the original cut of director Henri-Georges Clouzot , it is possible to see that both sides have a point. The film's extended suspense sequences deserve a place among the great stretches of cinema. Four desperate men, broke and stranded in a backwater of Latin America, sign up on a suicidal mission to drive two truckloads of nitroglycerin miles down a hazardous road.