• Director

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

  • With

    Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter Van Eyck, Folco Lulli

  • France 1953. 147min

  • Digital

  • Certificate

    12A

  • English subtitles

Clouzot’s masterly account of a quartet of desperate and/or greedy misfit expatriates agreeing to transport two truckloads of nitro-glycerine through the South American jungle is impressive for its audacious pacing, its sour depiction of human aspiration and squalor, and its nail-biting tension. Utterly devoid of sentimentality and heroic clichés, this is gleefully dark, misanthropic filmmaking, with the cast fitting the bill to perfection.

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