The Wages of Fear ★★★★★

A long overdue revisit of this nail-biting classic; which once it gets going is about as tense as any film you will get in all of cinema. Clouzot was always a bit of a rival for Hitchcock (read up on Les Diaboliques for some context) and the way this film is crafted to ratchet up the tension, all without a score is masterful. Many feel the opening third of the film is a bit meandering, but I feel it sets up the atmosphere and characters brilliantly, laying the groundwork for what’s to come on the doomed voyage. 

I have seen Friedkin’s Sorcerer twice since seeing this film first twenty or so years ago and I’ve always wanted to watch them close together to seriously compare, but I think I love both films equally.