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Sunday, 6/14
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The Wages of Fear

Clouzot's Timeless Nailbiter 6/14

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. "When you can be blown up at any moment, only a fool believes that character determines fate," Pauline Kael wrote. "If this isn't a parable of man's role in the modern world, it's at least an illustration of it." And Roger Ebert chimed in: "The film's extended suspense sequences deserve a place among the great stretches of cinema." Welcome to Henri-George's Clouzot's suspense masterpiece featuring 23-year-old Yves Montand in the second major role of his remarkable career. An instant classic, it was seen by seven million Frenchmen the year of its release and holds a very rare 100% rating culled from forty reviews in the Rotten Tomatoes website.

ESSENTIALS is the title of our Saturday and Sunday 1 pm series, interrupted only by special presentations. The criteria is simple: without exception, these are movies no serious filmgoer should do without.

France, 1953, 131 min, Digital, Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot, Unrated but unsuitable for children due to thematic material, some sexuality and nudity, disturbing images, smoking, and language, French with English subtitles