L’argent Film Still


Robert Bresson

L’argent (Criterion Blu-Ray)

11 Jul 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • France
  • 1983
  • 84 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  • Spine #886

In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency. Transposing a Tolstoy novella to contemporary Paris, L’argent follows a counterfeit bill as it originates as a prop in a schoolboy prank, then circulates like a virus among the corrupt and the virtuous alike before landing with a young truck driver and leading him to incarceration and violence. With brutal economy, Bresson constructs his unforgiving vision of original sin out of starkly perceived details, rooting his characters in a dehumanizing material world that withholds any hope of transcendence.


YvonChristian Patey
LucienVincent Risterucci
EliseCaroline Lang
Gray-haired womanSylvie van den Elsen
Gray-haired woman’s fatherMichel Briguet
Owner of photography storeDidier Baussy
NorbertMarc Ernest Fourneau


DirectorRobert Bresson
Written byRobert Bresson
Based on the short story “Faux billet” byLeo Tolstoy
Executive produced byAntoine Gannagé
Cinematography byPasqualino De Santis and Emmanuel Machuel
Film editing byJean-Francois Naudon
Production design byPierre Guffroy

Disc Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Press conference from the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
  • “L’argent,” A to Z, a new video essay by film scholar James Quandt
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Adrian Martin and a newly expanded 1983 interview with director Robert Bresson by critic Michel Ciment

Other Editions

L’argent (Criterion DVD)

11 Jul 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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