Charles Vanel

Charles Vanel

Charles Vanel Quick Links

Film RSS

The Wages Of Fear Review


Essential
"The best thriller ever made" is perhaps too much praise for the movie, while "best examination of the human condition" is too faint to be heard. Nevertheless, one can safely say that Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear is to film of the nail-biter variety what Raymond Chandler is to detective fiction: pretty damn essential. For pure thriller mechanics, it's a textbook in step-by-step screw-tightening, while those looking for something of more substance will find themselves swimming in the stuff.

The South American village of Las Piedras is located just past the edge of nowhere, baking in the sun and providing just the correctly seedy backdrop for a number of Europeans to wallow in their own misery, abusing the locals, and lazing about the saloon, to the pained chagrin of its hapless owner. There's no work, the road doesn't go anywhere, and a plane ticket out it too expensive. It's the kind of place where dead-enders show up after getting kicked out of the Last Chance Saloon, a hole to crawl in to die. The most dashing of the dead-enders is Frenchman Mario (Yves Montand), a dashing and immoral louse who sponges off his hardworking roommate, acts abusively towards his erstwhile girlfriend, the barmaid Linda (played with va-va-voom naïveté by the director's wife Vera Clouzot) and looks cooler than Humphrey Bogart through all of it.

Continue reading: The Wages Of Fear Review

To Catch A Thief Review


Very Good
Alfred Hitchcock went a little soft in 1955, giving Cary Grant a largely throwaway role as a reformed cat burglar living incognito in the south of France. Hitch would really put Grant through the ringer in 1959's North by Northwest.

Here, though, Grant's enjoying a day in the sun -- and night -- as he tries to track down the villain that's giving him a bad name. You see, John Robie (Grant) is retired. But some young upstart is stealing his M.O. -- and the new cat's eyes are on Robie's new would-be girlfriend, Frances (Grace Kelly), and her mom (Jessie Royce Landis).

Continue reading: To Catch A Thief Review

Charles Vanel

Charles Vanel Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Actor


Suggested

John Malkovich Recreates Iconic David Lynch Characters For 'Psychogenic Fugue' Trailer

John Malkovich Recreates Iconic David Lynch Characters For 'Psychogenic Fugue' Trailer

The film is part of a new DLF project, 'Playing Lynch'.

Everything We Know About 'Stranger Things' Season Two

Everything We Know About 'Stranger Things' Season Two

New characters, new inspiration and new themes.

Advertisement
Benedict Cumberbatch Interviews Tom Hiddleston, But Avoids The Taylor Swift Question

Benedict Cumberbatch Interviews Tom Hiddleston, But Avoids The Taylor Swift Question

One Marvel Universe star interviewed another, as part of Interview magazine's October edition.

Advertisement

Charles Vanel Movies

The Wages of Fear Movie Review

The Wages of Fear Movie Review

"The best thriller ever made" is perhaps too much praise for the movie, while "best...

To Catch a Thief Movie Review

To Catch a Thief Movie Review

Alfred Hitchcock went a little soft in 1955, giving Cary Grant a largely throwaway role...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.