To the Thinking Film Freaks:
The awesome Eckerd College International Film Series has scheduled on October 5 one of the best pieces of film ever constructed and certainly one of the greatest from the 1950s, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear. This is a film I originally saw in a college class viewing a 16 mm print and have never been able to see it in 35mm on a large screen. Thanks to the organizers at Eckerd, here is my chance to see one of my 20 favorite films ever the way it should be seen, restored print, big screen.
This film operates as a classic thriller (Clouzot also did the amazing Diabolique in 1955) that gets most of its power from the incredible intensity that is developed through the bleak locale, the stark cinematography, four amazing performances and a story that chills throughout. Two pairs of lost souls driving trucks filled with Nitroglycerine through decrepit roads in a race to assist a company fixing its oil field problems. Truly one of the great existential dramas that came from an emerging post WWII French cinema focusing early and often on the themes dominant from the horrors of the war and, in the case of this film, the specter of nuclear annihilation everywhere. What an incredible allegory. You must see this if you have or you haven’t, such an opportunity.
We will hopefully have a discussion right after the film somewhere, maybe in the theatre if they will allow us. This one is certainly worth talking about.
Thinking Art Film Freak