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The Wages Of Fear
aka - Salaire De La Peur, La
France 1952
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Running time 140 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3 stars


Set in South America this black and white adventure drama about a group of men who are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment always rates highly amongst cinèastes and in its day did well at the box office internationally. Yet, despite some memorable sequences such.the turning of the truck on the mountainside, the passage through the pond of oil, it is lacking in both tension and drama, qualities for which it is usually praised, but which for my money were much better realized in the William Friedkin remake, Sorcerer. The presence of the elegantly beautiful Vera Clouzot is jarringly out-of-place and the performers never really mesh. And wasn't the bespectacled German that Jo replaced supposed to have been killed by him? That was the implication, but he's merrily dancing in the final sequence.

 

 

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