An existential suspense classic, “The Wages of Fear” blends nonstop suspense with biting satire; its influence is still being felt on today’s thrillers. The film earned the director Henri-Georges Clouzot the reputation as a “French Hitchcock.” In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. We become intimately acquainted with the four drivers who sign up for this death-defying mission. The drive itself is a relentless, goosebump-inducing assault on the audience’s senses. Come see why this film took the Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival.
NR, 131 min, Adventure/Drama/Thriller, France