You can’t talk about Robert Bresson for long before his use of sound comes up. His stripped-down masterpieces are memorable for the way they engage the ear as well as the eye. A Man Escaped, out this week on Blu-ray and DVD, is an especially rich aural experience, as film scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson explain in a new visual essay, which sets clips from the film to a reading (by actor Dan Stewart) of ”Functions of Film Sound,” a chapter from their book Film Art: An Introduction. Here are the first few minutes of the essay, which establish the environment of Bresson’s classic prison-escape film and discuss his fascinating use of nonsimultaneous audio commentary. The whole thing can be seen on the discs.
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.