Film: The Wages of Fear
(Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953, 35 mm) -- French, German, Italian, and American expatriates are stranded in a small Venezuelan town with little charm. Neither is there much swagger, except from the American oil company men. A burning oil well creates a need to transport explosives. Politics are soon left behind for the personal toll of stress and fear. Nitroglycerin's use on oil fields was an anachronism, but all the film's details are still wonderful.