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A Man Escaped

Spine #650

Mar 26, 2013

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • French PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

A Man Escaped

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Directed By: Robert Bresson
Starring: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock
Licensor: Gaumont

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With the simplest of concepts and sparest of techniques, Robert Bresson 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 single-minded 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.

  • 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
  • Trailer


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