Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Extremely Dangerous Road

These pics look like they're right out of Clouzot's Wages of Fear. Quick, somebody write a screenplay.

7 comments:

Rob said...

I'm thinking Ford Country Squire station wagon, with'Quayle for President' bumber stickers, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as late middle-aged Americans seeing the world...being chased by French eco-terrorist Gerard Depardieu.

Wagstaff said...

Rob, I like it. Let's add Peter Falk as an Is-he-or-isn't-he-on-our-side government agent and run with it.

Jeffrey said...

Don't forget: they have to transport nitro across these periless roads & the only gauge they have to make sure the truck is not vibrating too violently is to keep a hard eye on D'Angelo's supple jiggling breasts.

Steve said...

You three are why American Cinema is in the state it's in today. But I'm sure your advance check from the studios will be quite fat. Spend your soul selling money well, you bastards.

I liked Friedkin's take on it. Late 70's film called "Sorceror" with Roy Scheider. IMDB Says it was based on the same book... but this one has the added bonus of trippy music by Tangerine Dream. I think they might have actually filmed on the route that road is part of.

Fighting sharks, driving truckloads of dynamite, getting Peter Weller addicted to the meat of the giant aquatic centipede while in drag... truly , Roy Scheider is the consummate actor.

Wagstaff said...

Steve, you're right that the road looks more like Sorcerer than Wages of Fear. They're both good movies but I still prefer the original. Roy Sheider does kick ass. What happened to him? He hasn't done anything great since Naked Lunch.

Charlie Parsley said...

the fourth photo, the image of the single vehicle trapped in the moment it realized it could progress no further. This image needs no script to it, it is a strong image in itself, speaking to the human condition. captures a moment.

The photographer included space towards the front of the vehicle to show that the road dissipates into nature. very nice photo.

Not only can it not move forward, the truck likely cannot navigate the road backwards. It is doomed. A Fitzcarraldo.

Chima said...

CP - That truck in the fourth pic was delivering my pizza. Not only was it not "doomed" but my dinner arrived fresh, hot and in under 30 minutes!(We still have that here). The driver also picked hot peppers for me from the hillside foliage as he passed to make up for the loss of the 2 liter of cola I had ordered,(he had to use it to fill the over-heated radiator in transit). Needless to say, I tipped him two chickens and kissed him full on the mouth,(we do that here). I don't know where you're from, but my people don't waste valuable energy making ridiculously wide roads for aimless Sunday meanderings. Gotta go , the Chinese food delivery boy is here and I haven't rounded up a tip yet.