Robert Bresson, A Man Escaped, 1956 (still); image: courtesy Photofest
Film

A Man Escaped

Part of Modern Cinema: Jia Zhangke

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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 account 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 execution of his escape with gripping precision. But Bresson’s film is not merely about process — it’s also a work of intense spirituality and humanity.” (Criterion Collection)

Print Source: Janus Films


Film Details

Year: 1956

Running time: 101min

Format: 35mm

Director: Robert Bresson


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