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Dudes doing inadvisable things in the middle of the jungle. 



William Friedkin takes Georges Arnaud’s 1950 novel Le salaire de la peur—which received its first filmic interpretation in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic palm-sweater The Wages of Fear—and transforms it into a blood-and-guts opera of existential delirium. The set-up is familiar: four desperate men with nothing to lose—led by Roy Scheider’s on-the-lam Jersey mobster—take on a seemingly doomed mission when they agree to transport two trucks full of highly explosive nitroglycerin through the perilous South American jungle. What Friedkin brings to the table is a raw, visceral immediacy—you can practically feel the muck, sweat, and grime. As the film tilts into full-blown expressionism in its final act, a meaning for the much-puzzled-over title (a reference to the name of one of the trucks) emerges: there is an almost supernatural force of cosmic nihilism at work here. Tangerine Dream’s mesmerizing electronic score only adds to the intensity.

Director: William Friedkin

Starring: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal. 

Runtime: 121 min., USA

Language: English, German, French, Spanish w/ English subtitles

Thursday, May 9

Saturday, May 11

Infinity Pool


"One of the great visions of the cinema, and one of the great follies. One would not have been possible without the other.” -- Roger Ebert

Werner Herzog is the reigning champ of impossible real-life adventures undertaken in the name of cinema. And this masterpiece is the romantic flipside to AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD — a backbreaking epic that ecstatically treads the line between a portrait of madness and a genuine expression of obsession. FITZCARRALDO fictionalizes the mad, true-life mission of South American rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald to establish an opera house in the Peruvian jungle -- which can only be accomplished by hauling a gigantic river boat over a mountain. No special effects here -- this is the real deal, with the impossible results executed before your eyes.

Thursday, May 30

Director: Werner Herzog

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, Jose Lewgoy. 

Runtime: 157 min., West Germany

Language: English, German, Italian, Spanish w/ English subtitles

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