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Le Salaire de la Peur (1953) - Cinémathèque / L'Albatros

From: Bill J.
Sent on: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:43 AM

A quick reminder for those who haven't visited our home page recently ......


Le Salaire de la Peur

Cinémathèque, Saturday, August 3 at 6:50 p.m.

French with Subtitles

Unrated, 2 hr. 18 min.

Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense

Directed By: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Together with DiaboliqueThe Wages of Fear (Le Salaire de la Peur) earned Henri-Georges Clouzot the reputation as a "French Hitchcock." In truth, Clouzot's ability to sustain suspense may have even exceeded Hitchcock's; when originally released, Wages ran 155 tension-filled minutes. Based on the much-imitated novel by Georges Arnaud, the film is set in Central America.

The Southern Oil Company, which pretty much rules the roost in the impoverished village of Las Piedras, sends out a call for long-distance truck drivers. Southern Oil's wages of 2,000 dollars per man are, literally, to die for -- the drivers are obliged to transport highly volatile nitroglycerine shipments across some of the most treacherous terrain on earth.

Through expository dialogue, tense interactions and flashbacks, we become intimately acquainted with the four drivers who sign up for this death-defying mission: Corsican, Yves Montand, Italian, Folco Lulli, German, Peter Van Eyck, and Frenchman, Charles Vanel.

The first half of the film slowly, methodically introduces the characters and their motivations. The second half -- the drive itself -- is a relentless, Goosebumps-inducing assault on the audience's senses. The winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival, The Wages of Fear was remade by William Friedkin as Sorcerer (1977). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

This film stars Yves Montand who you may remember as Jean- Pierre Sarti in John Frankenheimer’s epic Grand Pix (1966).


Le salaire de la peur trailer (click here)

WAGES OF FEAR rates an amazing 100-percent Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes (click here)

WHO: Ciné Arts Cleveland! with friends from Bonjour Cleveland!

WHAT: Le salaire de la peur

WHEN: Saturday, August 3 at 6:50 p.m.

WHERE:  Cinémathèque

DINNER: L'Albatros at 5 p.m.



I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: Saturday, August 3,[masked]:45 PM

Where: L'Albatros Brasserie + Bar
11401 Bellflower Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106

RSVP limit: 10 "Yes" RSVPs

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Yes".)

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