The Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear

Yves Montand
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot Cast: Yves Montand
Yves Montand
, Charles Vanel
Charles Vanel
, Peter Van Eyck
Peter Van Eyck
Henri-Georges Clouzot

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Together with Diabolique, The Wages of Fear (Le Salaire de la Peur) earned Henri-Georges Clouzot the reputation as a "French Hitchcock." In truth, Clouzot's ability to sustain suspense may have even exceeded Hitchcock's; when originally released, Wages ran 155 tension-filled minutes. Based on the much-imitated novel by Georges Arnaud, the film is set in Central America. The Southern Oil Company, which pretty much rules the roost in the impoverished village of Las Piedras, sends out a call for long-distance truck drivers. Southern Oil's wages of 2,000 dollars per man are, literally, to die for -- the drivers are obliged to transport highly volatile nitroglycerine shipments across some of the most treacherous terrain on earth. Through expository dialogue, tense interactions and flashbacks, we become intimately acquainted with the four drivers who sign up for this death-defying mission: Corsican Yves Montand, Italian Folco Lulli, German Peter Van Eyck, and Frenchman Charles Vanel. The first half of the film slowly, methodically introduces the characters and their motivations. The second half -- the drive itself -- is a relentless, goosebump-inducing assault on the audience's senses. The winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival, The Wages of Fear was remade by William Friedkin as Sorcerer (1977).

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2009
UPC: 0715515042512
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 2:27:00
Sales rank: 12,427

Special Features

Restored high definition digital transfer with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Video interviews with assistant director Michel Romanoff and Clouzot biographer Marc Godin; Video interview with Yves Montand from 1988; Henri-Georges Clouzot: The Enlightened Tyrant, a 2004 documentary on the director's career; Censored, an analysis of cuts made to the film for its 1955 U.S. release; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by novelist Dennis Lehane

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yves Montand Mario
Charles Vanel Jo
Peter Van Eyck Bimba
William Tubbs Bill O'Brien
Véra Clouzot Linda
Folco Lulli Luigi
Dario Moreno Hernandez
Antonio Centa Camp Chief
Jo Dest Smerloff

Technical Credits
Henri-Georges Clouzot Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Georges Auric Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Geronimi Screenwriter
Madeleine Gug Editor
Etiennette Muse Editor
Louis Nee Cinematographer
René Renoux Production Designer
Henri Rust Editor
William Robert Sivel Sound/Sound Designer
Armand Thirard Cinematographer
Louis Wipf Producer

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