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Henri-Georges Clouzot’s ‘Wages of Fear’

Classic Film Night

When a South American oil well catches fire, four men are hired to drive two trucks carrying the nitroglycerine necessary to extinguish the fire over rough dirt roads – without any safety equipment.

As the film progresses, we become intimately acquainted with the four drivers who sign up for this death-defying mission in the first half of the film: Corsican Yves Montand, Italian Folco Lulli, German Peter Van Eyck, and Frenchman Charles Vanel.

The second half of the film – the drive itself – is a relentless, white-knuckled ride of suspense.

Wages of Fear has been called “the purest exercise in cinematic tension ever carved into celluloid” and cemented Henri-Georges Clouzot’s reputation as a “French Hitchcock”

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