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Au hasard Balthazar

Robert Bresson

 
Au hasard Balthazar (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1966
  • 95 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #297

A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations beyond his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of man. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly. Through Bresson’s unconventional approach to composition, sound, and narrative, this seemingly simple story becomes a moving parable of purity and transcendence.

Cast

MarieAnne Wiazemsky
GérardFrançois Lafarge
Marie's fatherPhilippe Asselin
Marie's motherNathalie Joyaut
JacquesWalter Green
The grain dealerPierre Klossowski
The priestJean-Joel Barbier
The baker's wifeMarie-Claire Fremont
The bakerFrançois Sullerot
The gendarmeJacques Sorbets
The attorney at lawJean Remignard

Credits

DirectorRobert Bresson
Written and directed byRobert Bresson
Executive producerMag Bodard
CinematographyGhislain Cloquet
EditingRaymond Lamy
Assistant directorSven Frostenson, Jacques Kébadian and Claude Miller
CameramanJean Chiabaut
SetsPierre Charbonnier
SoundAntoine Archimbaud and Jacques Carrère
MusicFranz Schubert
Performed byJean-Joel Barbier
Jazz and songsJean Wiener
ContinuityGenevieve Cortier
Animal trainerGuy Renault
Production designPhilippe Dussart

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interview with film scholar Donald Richie
  • “Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson,” a 1966 French television show about the film, featuring Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and members of Balthazar’s cast and crew
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A new essay by film scholar James Quandt

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

Au hasard Balthazar

By James Quandt June 13, 2005

Godard’s famous claim that Au hasard Balthazar is “the world in an hour and a half” suggests how dense, how immense Bresson’s brief, elliptical tale about the life and death of a donkey is. The . . . Read more »

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Hands of Bresson

By :: kogonada June 17, 2014

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Clippings


Clippings

Donald Richie Live!

May 06, 2009

Donald Richie recently came through the United States on his eighty-fifth-birthday tour, and along the way he stopped in Berkeley for a conversation with longtime friend, Telluride codirector, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Au hasard Balthazar

By James Quandt June 13, 2005

Godard’s famous claim that Au hasard Balthazar is “the world in an hour and a half” suggests how dense, how immense Bresson’s brief, elliptical tale about the life and death of a donkey is. The . . . Read more »