A Man Escaped (35mm)
Dir. Robert Bresson (1956); France, 101m
Starring: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock
French with English subtitles
Programmed by: Amy Epperson

FRIDAY, JULY 26TH AT 7:00PM
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Lauded for his spare, ascetic approach to filmmaking, Bresson is nonetheless capable of capturing deep emotion in his films. This is precisely the case with A Man Escaped, a film which showcases Bresson’s trademark use of nonprofessional actors and a taut narrative structure, while operating as one of the most suspenseful and affecting prison escape movies of all time. Based on the prison memoirs of his fellow French Resistance member André Devigny, who made a daring escape from a Nazi prison camp—as well as Bresson’s own stint in a Nazi prison—A Man Escaped tracks an ingenious prisoner as he escapes from confinement, using the exact methods that Devigny employed during his successful attempt. Often considered Bresson’s masterwork, this paramount specimen of minimalist French cinema keeps viewers hoping—and doubting—until the very last scene.


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