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THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953) - Yves Montand

  • Mar 29, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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The Wages of Fear (1953) Yves Montand - French with English Subtitles

"Th[is] 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 300 miles down a hazardous road. They could be blown to pieces at any instant, and in the film's most famous scene [director] Clouzot requires them to turn their trucks around on a rickety, half-finished timber platform high above a mountain gorge.

Their journey also requires them to use some of the nitroglycerin to blow up a massive boulder in the road, and at the end, after a pipeline ruptures, a truck has to pass through a pool of oil that seems to tar them with the ignominy of their task. For these are not heroes, Clouzot seems to argue, but men who have valued themselves at the $2,000 a head that the oil company will pay them if they get the nitro to the wellhead where it is needed."

-Roger Ebert

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French with English subtitles.

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    Another good movie that I wouldn't have run across on my own. Thanks Wayne.

    March 29, 2014

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