[Blueboard] Kino's Marginal(ized) Voices series continues with the nailbiting suspense of Wages of Fear

Andrew Albert J. Ty andrewty at i-manila.com.ph
Thu Mar 7 00:33:53 PHT 2002

Hi everyone,

For our next-to-last screening for Kino Series Two, we have decided to show
a film by the French filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot (also known for being
the director of the original version of Diabolique). Clouzot was such a good
filmmaker that even Hitchcock himself at one point felt that his mantle of
"Master of Suspense" was slipping to this Frenchman.

In Wages of Fear, Clouzot has directed a nailbiter of a film. The story is
simple enough: four men hired to transport truckloads of dynamite over
dangerously-broken roads. In terms of cinematic storytelling, however, Wages
of Fear is excruciatingly suspenseful, combining an unrelentingly tense mood
all throughout the film. In terms of its thematic, the film pointedly
critiques the exploitation that American capitalism has wrought upon the
marginalized--a critique that ends up being a parable of the human condition
itself, of which Clouzot's view is one of the bleakest to ever be caught on

Screening is at the Comm Studio this Friday at 5 pm, after a brief

Hope to see you there,
Andrew Albert J. Ty
Department of Communication

March 8: Wages of Fear (France 1953)
"Clouzot's existential film takes place in an unspecified Latin American
country and a fictional village, Las Piedras. The refuse of the earth find
themselves in this hellhole, though it's hard to figure out how anyone could
wind up here. Now everyone dreams of fleeing, but they haven't the money.
Four tough vagabonds. get the opportunity to escape the squalor when an
American fuel company offers them $2,000 each to hurriedly transport two
truckloads of nitroglycerine over 300 miles of hazardous mountain roads. In
this film, Clouzot viciously attacks corporations that continually exploit
individuals (especially non-union workers in Third World countries) and
gamble with their lives so the company profits. But he's equally
disappointed in men such as the "heroes" of this film who risk their lives
for all the wrong reasons." (Danny Peary)

March 15: Bayaning 3rd World (RP 1999)

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