With a powerful, tense and direct staging, carried from a distance by extraordinary actors, “The Wages of Fear” is an absolute classic, released 71 years ago. A masterpiece to watch before the upcoming arrival of its remake on Netflix!
In Las Piedras, a lost corner of Central America, a kind of border city with a hybrid population, there is a shortage of work. Under the sun, everyone drowns their boredom in alcohol. Not far away, SOC, an American oil company, is constantly hiring.
One day he asked for four volunteers to drive two trucks loaded with nitroglycerin to put out a fire in a well located 500 kilometers away. For $2,000, Mario, Jo, Luigi and Bimba embark on this journey, risking their lives…
A new version for 2024
April 2023. Stupor and trembling. Netflix announced with fanfare the new version of a monument of French cinema: Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear, released in 1953. It is an understatement to say that we did not see this announcement coming, especially since this new version is entrusted to the hand by Julien Leclercq, to whom we owe in particular the thriller L’Assaut, or more recently for Netflix the film Sentinelle with Olga Kurylenko.
If many consider that William Friedkin’s The Witcher is superior to the original film, Julien Leclercq’s film, which will hit the platforms this year, will logically have a lot of work to do to reach, if possible, the level of its glorious elders. Starting with its original French model.
Four men on the brink of the abyss
A disastrous odyssey of four characters on the brink of the abyss, powerfully staged by Henri-Georges Clouzot at the peak of his art, tense to the point of bursting, The wages of fear It hasn’t aged one bit since its release.
A gripping thriller filmed not in Central America but in Provence, not far from Nimes, the film triumphed in French theaters, with 7 million spectators, in addition to winning the Grand Prix (ancestor of the Palme d’Or) in Cannes. 1953 Film Festival, as well as a Golden Bear at the Berlinale for the filmmaker.
The backdrop of the film is also very much in line with current political events: American oil companies’ control over local resources, exploiting local workers who are paid a pittance.
The violently anti-capitalist discourse against an America that devours the small nations of Central America will not be to the liking of Uncle Sam’s country, as Time will remind us in its review of the film, which wrote that it was about “from one of the most evil movies ever made”. For the record, it will even be…
Suffice it to say that it is urgent to see it, waiting for the new version promised for this year.