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A Man Escaped (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Jacques Ertaud, Francois Leterrier, Roland Monod, Charles LeClainche, Roger Planchon
  • Directors: Robert Bresson
  • Producers: Alain Poir, Jean Thuillier
  • Format: Black & White, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: March 26 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00AQ6J3AG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,740 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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A Man Escaped (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

"This story is true," reads the opening statement of A Man Escaped. "I give it as it is, without embellishment." Based on the memoir by Andre Devigny, a member of the French Resistance imprisoned and sentenced to death by the Gestapo during the German occupation, Bresson (himself at one time a German POW) transforms Devigny's daring escape into an ascetic film of documentary detail. Kept in a tiny stone cell with a high window and a thick wooden door, the prisoner (renamed Fontaine in the film) makes himself intimate with his world--every surface of his room, every sound reverberating through the hall, and every detail of the prison's layout that he can absorb in brief sojourns from his cell. Bresson magnifies every detail with insistent close-ups and detailed examinations of every step of Fontaine's plan, from constructing and hiding ropes and hooks to painstakingly carving out an exit in the heavy cell door, and provides a sort of Greek chorus of fellow prisoners. This is Bresson's first film to feature a completely nonprofessional cast drilled to master precise movements and deliver lines without dramatic inflection. The effect is a drama where the slightest gesture carries the weight of a confession. Bresson's films are not for everybody, and this austere picture hardly carries the visceral punch of The Great Escape, but it's a drama of profound power, with a gripping climax that's as absorbing and tense as any high-energy action film. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 starsAccessible, beautifully made and very tense indeed!
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5.0 out of 5 starsBresson at his restrained best
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