THE WAGES OF FEAR (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)

In fictional Las Piedras, various lives—people from all over—have reached their dead-ends. The area, somewhere in South America, is exploited and ruled by S.O.C.—the Southern Oil Company. Three hundred miles away, one of the fields is aflame; two pairs of drivers are offered $2,000 each by the U.S. company to drive trucks loaded with, combined, […]

AU BONHEUR DES DAMES (Julien Duvivier, 1930)

Julien Duvivier’s Au bonheur des dames updates Zola’s 1883 novel, part of the Rougon-Macquart cycle, and substitutes a huge department store for a huge bookstore (scenes were actually shot inside Galleries Lafayette in Paris), in either case showing how the expansion of the goliath, and the capitalistic greed promoting this, destroys a small business, in […]