Sorcerer ★★★★★

Sorcerer is one of those films that I kind of heard about but never quite got round to seeing mostly because it is so hard to get a copy of it in Japan.

At first glance, one would think that Sorcerer is simply about four desperate men—A Mexican hitman, a Palestinian militant, a French businessman and an American getaway driver—on the margins of a forgotten South American town who agreed to drive trucks packed with explosive Nitroglycerine across rugged terrain for an American Oil Company. But I think it's a lot more than that.

If one were to pay attention to several scenes and mise en scéne in this film , one would come away thinking that the settings used in Sorcerer somehow present this vision of hell as a beautiful, decaying landscape.

While watching this film, one can feel the mud, the rain, the heat, the humidity, smell the oil, the smoke and the rich jungle right down to the moist bark on the trees. And those sequences when the tension reaches screaming point as we watch the wheels of Sorcerer and Lazaro spinning out of control, the vehicles sliding involuntarily over the make-shift roads, and especially when the truck makes its painstaking way over a decrepit suspension bridge perched precariously over a torrent of a river is absolutely terrifying. It made me wonder, how the hell did they pull off that scene without a speck of CGI?

Do not be misled by the title, this is not a mystical story of enchantment –but a powerful, gripping drama whose resonances are felt long after the credits have rolled.

Anyway, I have an online presentation for my Literature class tomorrow. The topic assigned to me was Dante Alighieri's Divina Comedia. I still have 10 more cantos on Inferno to read before I can go to sleep 👋

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