US film director Steven Spielberg arrives for the National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on January 8, 2023. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

Upon discovering this adaptation of a Richard Matheson short story featuring a motorist hounded by an old tanker truck.The measure of the filmmaker’s singular and precocious talent. « Steven Spielberg’s direction plays on stripping things down, on rigor, on a certain terribly effective coldness, » wrote the journalist Colette Godard. « Faced with this attentive gaze, the spectator becomes a man struggling and perishing, overcome by his own anguish against a world he has built and no longer recognizes. A world that no longer belongs to him. » After that, the evening paper never missed a single step in the rise of the Spielberg phenomenon.

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