A Man Escaped (1956) France
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Director:Robert Bresson
Studio:Artificial Eye
Writer:Robert Bresson
Rating:5.0 (8 votes)
Rated:Universal, suitable for all
Date Added:2010-01-18
Purchased At:play.com
Purchased On:2010-01-18
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 1.0
Languages:French, German
Features:Black and White
Robert Bresson  ...  (Director)
Robert Bresson  ...  (Writer)
François Letterier  ...  
Charles Le Clainche  ...  
Roland Monod  ...  
Marice Beerblock  ...  
Jacques Ertaud  ...  
Summary: If you have any serious interest in cinema then this is simply essential. Often imitated, universally admired, Bresson dismissed every accepted rule and convention and simply built his own. From the very first composing of the credits you know you are in the hands of a master. Bresson decides to give you what you need - and nothing more. No music (except the sparest use of glorious Mozart when he wants the film to rise to a different level of significance) - the only soundtrack being just the essential sounds to punctuate the action. No overhead tracking shots, no vistas - just a focus on only the action you need to see and follow - detail detail detail.. The simplest of dialogue, the most direct 'acting'. This is the antithesis of Hollywood bombast - it's like an antidote. And yet the simplicity carries more impact, it has more meaning, and ultimately is genuinely transendental in what it delivers. Faith. Absolute Belief. Determination against all odds. Trust in others and friendship and the best of human nature. It is ultimately religiously uplifting - without addressing this directly at all. Want to show an escape from a moving car? - we just need a speedo, hand flirting with a door handle, glimpse through the windows and a revving engine. Total focus that delivers total intensity. The simplicity of the ending is breathtaking and so so right. Astonishing.