The Wages Of Fear (1953)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB

Original title:  La Salaire De la Peur

France/Italy, 1953.  , , .  Adaptation and dialogue by Henri-Georges Clouzot, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by , , .  Podcast:  My Criterions

Superb French adventure! Henri-Georges Clouzot (Diabolique) directs this winner of the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Four unemployed men bumbling around a South American city vie for the opportunity to do a driving job for the big oil company near where they live. The job is to take four huge trucks loaded with nitroglycerin (that can be set off by the slightest disturbance) up a huge mountain to where they are needed by land developers. The job could mean risking their lives, but for the chance to work they are willing to do anything. leads the cast, while is excellent as one of his fellow drivers, an aging sod who starts a rivalry with his colleagues. Some of the action sequences are so intense they will take your very breath away.

The Criterion Collection:  #36

Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Grand Prize of the Festival


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