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The Wages of Fear

Posted on 16. May, 2010 by in Rediscover

The Wages of Fear

In the classic 1953 French thriller “The Wages of Fear,” a group of desperate men t­ackles one of the more dangerous jobs imaginable: transporting highly unstable nitroglycerine across brutal jungle roads to extinguish a burning oil well. Watching the film, you can’t help but join the characters in feeling every bump in the road. After all, one bad pothole isn’t going to spill their coffee; it’s going to blast their truck halfway to Peru.

This 1953 classic holds his own today as it did back then. A recent Clouzot’s retrospective by the Criterion Collection brought this masterpiece to yet another generation of film enthusiasts.

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