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A Man Escaped (DVD)

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    Avoiding all the cliches of the prison movie genre, Robert Bresson achieves the impossible in A MAN ESCAPED: he presents a highly minimalist depiction of a prisoner plotting a jailbreak, and is still able to evoke incredible suspense despite the fact that the movie frequently consists of little more than a man toiling away quietly in his cell. Neither Bresson's seemingly odd choice of a past-tense title, nor the fact that the film is based on a real WWII event in which a prisoner successfully escaped a German-run jail in occupied France, lessens the film's impact. As in many of Bresson's films, the protagonist is a possessed individual whose mission sustains him. While he may stubbornly continue planning, the viewer sees the potential hazards he may encounter and feels an incredible sense of tension each time his efforts are stalled. Bresson inserts a spiritual element into the prisoner's behavior by emphasizing the ritualistic nature of his daily activities, and by showing how group activity and trust are required to resist the evil, personified by the Nazi captors. Gripping and sublime, A MAN ESCAPED is a cinematic masterpiece.


    UPC 715515104111
    Studio Criterion
    Format DVD
    Extra Info Criterion Collection
    Genre Foreign Video - French/Suspense/Thriller
    Rating Not Rated
    Dimensions 5.25" x 0.5" x 7.5" WxHxD
    Weight 0.25 lbs
    Stars Francois Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock
    Directors Robert Bresson
    Dimensions 7.5x5.5x0.5
    Country of Origin United States

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