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A Man Escaped

Robert Bresson

 
A Man Escaped (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1956
  • 101 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #650

With the simplest of concepts and sparest of techniques, Robert Bresson made one of the most suspenseful jailbreak films of all time in A Man Escaped. Based on the account of an imprisoned French Resistance leader, this unbelievably taut and methodical marvel follows the fictional Fontaine’s single-minded pursuit of freedom, detailing the planning and execution of his escape with gripping precision. But Bresson’s film is not merely about process—it’s also a work of intense spirituality and humanity.

Credits

DirectorRobert Bresson
Written byRobert Bresson
Executive producersJean Thuillier and Alain Poiré
Director of photographyL. H. Burel
Camera assistantHenri Raichi
Set designerPierre Charbonnier
Sound recordistPierre André Bertrand
EditorRaymond Lamy
Production managerRobert Sussfeld
Assistant directorsMichel Clément and Jacques Ballanche

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • “Bresson: Without a Trace,” a 1965 episode of the television program Cinéastes de notre temps in which the director gives his first on-camera interview
  • The Road to Bresson, a 1984 documentary featuring interviews with filmmakers Louis Malle, Paul Schrader, and Andrei Tarkovsky
  • The Essence of Forms, a documentary from 2010 in which collaborators and admirers of Bresson’s, including actor François Leterrier and director Bruno Dumont, share their thoughts about the director and his work
  • Functions of Film Sound, a new visual essay on the use of sound in A Man Escaped, with text by film scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Tony Pipolo

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

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A Man Escaped: Quintessential Bresson

By Tony PipoloMarch 25, 2013

Robert Bresson’s prison-break story is a tale of religious faith and a work of striking . . . Read more »

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A Man Escaped

Hands of Bresson

By :: kogonadaJune 17, 2014

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10 Things I Learned: A Man Escaped

By Kate ElmoreApril 05, 2013


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Film Essays

Manescaped_1500_039_thumbnail

A Man Escaped: Quintessential Bresson

By Tony PipoloMarch 25, 2013

Robert Bresson’s prison-break story is a tale of religious faith and a work of striking . . . Read more »