The Wages Of Fear

Athena Cinema Athens, OH


Dr. Kenneth L. Brown

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University

The Wages of Fear— The Physiology of Fear

A discussion of the physiology of fear: the fight or flight response and the parasympathetic nervous system. Part of the 2016 National Evening of Science on Screen.

Athena Cinema Athens, OH

Film Synopsis

In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive cargo to a faraway oil fire, each bump and jolt tests their courage, their friendship, and their nerves. The result is one of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid, a white-knuckle ride from France’s legendary master of suspense, Henri-Georges Clouzot.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kenneth L. Brown is the professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio University. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.