• The Wages of Fear

    1953. France. Henri-Georges Clouzot. 147 min.

Thursday, December 8, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Wages of Fear

    1953. France. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Screenplay by Clouzot, Jérôme Géromini, based on the novel by Georges Arnaud. With Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli. On the eve of its theatrical run at Film Forum, in a new 35mm print courtesy of Janus Films, MoMA presents one of Clouzot’s masterpieces, a film of almost unbearable tension that is frequently emulated but never surpassed. “It has some claim to be the greatest suspense thriller of all time,” filmmaker Basil Wright observed, “the suspense not of mystery but of Damocles’ sword.” Four outcasts, all of them hiding from their pasts in a squalid South American rat hole, are literally pushed to the edge as they transport trucks filled with explosive nitroglycerin across hundreds of miles of treacherous swamps, jungles, and mountains to put out a burning American oil field. A critique of Western colonialism and capitalism, The Wages of Fear is also Clouzot’s most heartfelt film about loyalty and cowardice in the face of death. 147 min.

In the Film exhibition Henri-Georges Clouzot

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