Nov. 28: A Man Escaped


A Man Escaped (Un condamné à mort s’est échappé)
Nov 28, 8:10 p.m.; City Cinema
In French with English subtitles
Robert Bresson, 1956
François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerbloc
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For the curious who would like to discover the unique style of Bresson, we include this film in our ” discovery series ”, so it will be a screening without fixed price of admission, on donations only.

A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

A Man Escaped (Un condamné à mort s’est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut) was named by the National Board of Review as one of the best foreign films of 1956. Bresson won Best Director at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.

A Man Escaped is like a pristine product of the steam age, a machine that can be admired as much for its engineering as for how well it executes the task for which it was constructed. There are editing decisions here – specifically the decision to hold on specific shots for far longer than expected in order to communicate the tension of having to wait for the right moment to take action – that were seriously ahead of their time in 1956 and still look innovative today, and in both cinematic and dramatic terms the films has aged handsomely. For many reasons it’s a film to be admired, but crucially it’s one to also be enthralled and ultimately moved by.” Slarek – Cinema Outsider.

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