A Man Escaped [1956] [Criterion] (BLU)

Robert Bresson

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Synopsis

In French with English subtitles. New high-definition digital restoration in Black & White.

 

With the simplest of concepts and sparest of techniques, Robert Bresson (Au hasard Balthazar) made one of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time in A Man Escaped. Based on the memoirs of an imprisoned French resistance leader, this unbelievably taut and methodical marvel follows the fictional Fontaine's singleminded pursuit of freedom, detailing the planning and carrying out of his escape with gripping precision. But Bresson's film is not merely process-minded - it's a work of intense spirituality and humanity.

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Product Details

  • Starring: Francois Leterrier, Maurice Beerblock, Charles LeClainche
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 2242

Special Features

  • Bresson: Without a Trace, a 1965 episode of the television program Cinéastes de notre temps in which the director gives his first on-camera interview
  • The Essence of Forms, a forty-five-minute documentary from 2010 in which some of Bresson’s collaborators and admirers, including actor François Leterrier and director Bruno Dumont, share their thoughts about the director and his work
  • New visual essay with text by film scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson
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  • A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Tony Pipolo

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