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The Wages of Fear

Henri-Georges Clouzot

 
The Wages of Fear (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1953
  • 147 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #36

In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive cargo to a faraway oil fire, each bump and jolt tests their courage, their friendship, and their nerves. The result is one of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid, a white-knuckle ride from France’s legendary master of suspense, Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interviews with assistant director Michel Romanoff and Henri-Georges Clouzot biographer Marc Godin
  • Interview with Yves Montand from 1988
  • Henri Georges Clouzot: An Enlightened Tyrant, a 2004 documentary on the director’s career
  • Censored, an analysis of cuts to the film made for the 1955 U.S. release
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by novelist Dennis Lehane (DVD and Blu-ray editions) and a compilation of interviews with the cast and crew of the film (DVD only)

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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The Wages of Fear: No Exit

By Dennis Lehane April 21, 2009

“Just takes a few months to get to be a hundred. If you’re in the right place at the right time.” I first saw Henri-Georges Clouzot’s masterpiece The Wages of Fear when the restored version . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Wages of Fear

By Danny Peary December 08, 1991

One of cinema’s most revered thrillers, La Saliare de la Peur or The Wages of Fear is the acknowledged masterpiece of the brilliant French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907-77). It is also . . . Read more »

Dispatches

Toronto Dispatch: Clouzot Lost and Found

By Michael Koresky September 23, 2009

One enters any major film festival with hopes of discovering a budding auteur, a new voice from some previously unheard-from part of the world—a Julián Hernández or Corneliu Porumboiu or Bong . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_21_501thumb_thumbnail

The Wages of Fear: No Exit

By Dennis Lehane April 21, 2009

“Just takes a few months to get to be a hundred. If you’re in the right place at the right time.” I first saw Henri-Georges Clouzot’s masterpiece The Wages of Fear when the restored version . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_21_528thumb_thumbnail

The Wages of Fear

By Danny Peary December 08, 1991

One of cinema’s most revered thrillers, La Saliare de la Peur or The Wages of Fear is the acknowledged masterpiece of the brilliant French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907-77). It is also . . . Read more »