The Wages of fear

The Wages of fear

DVD - 2005 | French
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In the squalid, impoverished South American town of Las Piedras, desperate men and women from all over the world scrape out a living and dream of escape, under the watchful eye of the ruling Southern Oil Company. When a well explodes 300 miles away, the American company conscripts four of these unfortunates to drive trucks loaded with volatile nitroglycerin through treacherous mountains, a suicide mission that is their only way out. With The Wages of Fear, legendary director Henri-Georges Clouzot created one of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid--an epic portrait of courage and cowardice, bursting with white-knuckle suspense and raw emotion. The DVD features a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, new interviews with Clouzot's biographer and assistant director, the trailer, and more.
Audience: OFRB rating: AA.
Publisher: Irvington : Criterion Collection, [2005]
Copyright Date: ℗2005
ISBN: 9780780029651
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Wages
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (147 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm + 1 booklet (23 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm).
Language Note: In French with English subtitles.


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Jan 28, 2018

I usually do not watch foreign films with subtitles. If you feel the same way make an exception for this film. It is one of the best films you will ever see.
When first released, it as heavily censored in North American due to one of the characters being a homosexual. VPL has the uncensored version. It doesn't sound like a big deal but I remember seeing the original uncensored and thinking there it wasn't complete and a little flat.

Feb 21, 2016

Feb 21 2016.....well, I found another gem. Thanks to the library, because I'm sure I wouldn't have found this in a video store! It is so interesting to watch this masterpiece unfold, and the booklet that comes with it is just a bonus, as it gives the history and the controversy of the film. I am truly fascinated by the whole thing. (I'm only 1/2 way through though.) I just had to laugh as they are loading the nitro, all the people just standing around, duh!...........Feb 23, I was only going to watch another 15 minutes or so, but.....ended up staying up late to finish it off. Reading the booklet, and found that the beautiful actress at the beginning is the director's wife! I sure hope she has a few more brains in real life!!!! Anyway, I was on the edge of my seat till the end. Some things have changed since this movie was made, but unfortunately, a lot of things have stayed the same! Are we doomed??? ...............I was going to renew this and take the time to watch the bonus disc, but I see someone is waiting for it. I think I'm being followed!? Oh well, I'll get it again at a later date! Happy watching out there!

May 25, 2015

Excellent film- it's a true classic.

May 24, 2015

This is a 1953 French-Italian adventure film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, based on a 1950 novel by Georges Arnaud.
It is a thrilling adventure story.

Sep 11, 2010

Watch this film and find out where many directors get their ideas from. Americans are chasing oil in a poor and desolate country. They create a situation where they exploit bleak and desperate men for a dangerous mission. Based on a book written by a convicted murderer who fled France for Venezuela. Cannes grand prize winner, best picture, best male lead actor.

Jan 20, 2010

a must see for suspense movie lovers.

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