Repertory Picks

Bresson’s Big Break

One doesn’t necessarily think of ascetic cinema master Robert Bresson as an action director, but he undoubtedly made one of the most elegant and suspenseful prison break movies of all time. His 1956 masterpiece A Man Escaped, based on the story of a real-life French Resistance member held captive during the German occupation,keeps the viewer in thrall for every one of its 101 minutes. Viewers at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, can take this physical and spiritual journey on the big screen this week (June 9 and 11). But everyone can watch the original theatrical trailer below—a taut miniature movie in itself.

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