Review of The Wages of Fear (1953)

Moving picture, 131 minutes

Seen in 2013.

Sadly misogynist. I was surprised to learn how heavily it had been censored for the Cold War. Nowadays, the film’s portrayal of contemporary US industry in its perennial back yard looks tame enough, and is certainly a fine blend of compassion and nihilism. The significant physics error—a pressure wave preceding the flash—is a shame, but segues neatly into the great pit’s sublime metaphor.

References here: Dougram in brief, Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon (1965).

moving picture fiction