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A Man Escaped

Un condamné à mort s’est échappé

Robert Bresson’s account of a prison break is precise and philosophically nuanced.

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France 1956
Dir Robert Bresson
With François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock
90min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate U

Bresson’s meticulous account of a life lived in a cell, and the planning and execution of the escape, is a meditation on existential and spiritual themes rendered in precise physical terms. The mechanics of the escape become a metaphor for man’s imprisonment.

Bassam & Riz: Man stuck in prison tries to break out. Bam! It’s simple, wonderful. Breathtaking. A testament to the power of restraint.

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